Periodontist Explains Why Brushing Alone Is Not Enough to Prevent Gum Disease

When it comes to preventive oral care brushing and flossing are major components for keeping gum disease at bay. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice daily with a soft bristled toothbrush and flossing every night. This will disrupt colonies of plaque that build up along the gum line that contribute to periodontal infection. While daily oral hygiene is imperative to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, optimal oral health is not complete without professional care.

What is an oral porphylaxis?

An oral porphylaxis is preventive dental care. This includes dental cleanings for patients who do not have gum disease. The goal of dental cleanings is to prevent oral health problems, such as cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease. Our Encinitas periodontist offers dental cleanings that remove plaque both above and below the gum line. This is especially important for preventing gingival infection near the tooth root, and blocking the creation of periodontal pockets, where bacteria and plaque collect between the teeth and gums. In addition, Dr. Kania can use air abrasion methods to remove tooth stains, or recommend fluoride treatments to fight enamel erosion.  Supportive periodontal therapy (SPT) is provided as a dental cleaning in a patient that has a history of periodontal disease and / or treatment.  Many of our patients require this specialized care.

How often should I have a dental cleaning?

The American Dental Association recommends dental checkups and cleanings every six months. However, you may require therapy with our Encinitas periodontist, Dr. Kania every two to three months if you have a higher risk of periodontal disease. At times therapy is alternated between dentist and periodontist.  During these appointments, Dr. Kania can administer site-specific therapy or recommend prescription mouthwashes to help you keep disease at bay. These more frequent cleanings are generally recommended for periodontal patients who have had periodontal treatment, who smoke or use smokeless tobacco, as well as many patients over 40 years old. 

Preventing Gum Disease in Encinitas

Dr. Kania offers compassionate periodontal care in Encinitas. To schedule a thorough dental cleaning with our Encinitas periodontal office, call us at (706) 642-0711. We serve patients from Encinitas, San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, La Costa, and the neighboring communities.