Three Preventive Treatments To Avoid Gum Disease

encinitas preventive dentistryWhen possible, we want to offer care in the initial inflammation stages to help manage periodontal disease or prevent it completely. Our team can offer three different treatment preventive options to help in this process. In today’s blog, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist talks about how these treatments can help you avoid periodontal disease.

The Causes and Risks of Gum Disease

How does a smile develop gum inflammation and eventually, gum disease? The issue initially starts when factors cause inflammation that isn’t treated in a timely manner, allowing it to progress into the disease. This could include plaque and tartar buildup brought on by a diet high in sugar and starch, or improper brushing and flossing habits. Lack of professional cleanings could be a factor, as could issues like tobacco use, inflammatory illnesses, a family history of the issue, or even the use of certain medications. Without treatment, periodontal disease only grows in severity, until you develop periodontitis, the stage linked to adult tooth loss. But we can take action to prevent this!

A Deep Cleaning

You should let us know when you experience symptoms like sore, red gums that bleed easily, or receding tissues that make your teeth appear long. Our team will examine your smile and see if you need treatment. For some, we could offer a scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning in which we remove all plaque and tartar for their teeth and roots, and form beneath the gum line. The procedure could take one visit or up to four, and employs an advanced ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. Our team will numb the smile to keep you comfortable, and finish the procedure by polishing your teeth, which brightens them and makes it more difficult for plaque and tartar to adhere to them.

Supportive Periodontal Maintenance

For people with risk factors for periodontal disease, we could recommend Supportive Periodontal Maintenance, a procedure that takes the place of your traditional dental cleanings and happens every three to four months on average. We recommend this for people without gum disease, only the early stages of inflammation, before you’ve lost bone structure or attachment loss.

Ozone Therapy

Our team can also offer Ozone Therapy, in which we provide oxygen to the smile through a mist to destroy harmful bacteria that cause periodontal disease. While this sanitizes and destroys harmful bacteria, healthy ones stay in place, so your smile remains strong and healthy for years to come.

Talk to Dr. Kania About Our Preventive Services

Our team wants to help you enjoy good oral health and strong gums for years to come. To learn more about preventing the onset of disease, or to schedule your appointment, give us a call at our office in Encinitas, CA today at 760-642-0711.