When you have gum disease, you need routine care to keep advanced stages like periodontitis at bay, so you avoid tooth loss and loss of jawbone structure. To help manage the issue and keep your smile whole, we recommend preventive treatments. In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about the benefits of Supportive Periodontal Maintenance (SPT) every three months.
The Warning Signs of Poor Gum Health
How do you know when you have periodontal concerns that need treatment? Warning signs could include your gums appearing redder than usual, or if they feel sore. Bleeding is a common warning sign too, as is receding tissues, which make teeth appear longer. When you have changes to your periodontal tissues, please see us right away for a diagnosis. With advanced imaging technology, we can assess your risk and create a treatment plan to help you avoid the later stages of disease, which are often connected to tooth loss.
Supportive Periodontal Maintenance
Instead of a traditional cleaning every six months, we may recommend a unique procedure known as Supportive Periodontal Maintenance every three months. The procedure employs an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove buildup from the teeth, on or between them, and beneath the gum line and on the root surfaces too. The procure helps ensure proper tissue reattachment to manage the disease. The procedure helps lower the risk of bad breath, teeth stains, cavities, and infections, and of course, worsening symptoms related to oral health concerns.
Better Homecare Habits
In addition to Supportive Periodontal Maintenance procedures every three months, you should also take steps to protect your smile from home too. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and by flossing every evening before you brush the second time. Try to avoid tobacco products and eat a healthier diet too. These actions help limit the severity of plaque and tartar buildup in between your three-month visits, so you enjoy brighter and healthy smiles for years to come.
If you have any questions about how we protect your oral health and manage your gum disease with Supportive Periodontal Maintenance, then contact our team today. We can also discuss proper homecare habits and other methods of keeping your smile whole and healthy for years to come!
Speak With Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist About Preventive Care
We would like to help you avoid painful symptoms and tooth loss due to untreated disease. If you would like to find out more about our preventive treatment options, then please call Dr. Kania’s laser periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711. Our team can even address the tooth loss you’ve already developed with the placement of advanced and lifelike dental implants.