Three Procedures That Help Prevent Gum Disease

san diego preventive treatmentsPeriodontal disease could lead to sore, red, and bleeding gums, and also increase the risk of adult tooth loss. To help prevent the disease in smiles with inflammation, your Encinitas/San Diego, CA, periodontist could offer preventive treatment. In today’s blog, we’re looking at three of these treatment options.

The Causes and Risks of the Disease

When the gums become inflamed, this could lead to gingivitis. Without treatment, the inflammation could grow more severe until pockets form at the gum line. Once they reach a certain depth and bacteria enter them, this could cause periodontal disease. While the disease can be managed with routine care, lack of attention could allow the disease to worsen and reach a late stage that actually causes tooth loss. Factors behind your disease could include a family history of it, inflammatory illnesses, certain medications, lack of proper oral hygiene, and tobacco use. When you have sore, red gums that bleed easily, you need to seek treatment. In the early stages, we can manage this with preventive care.

Supportive Periodontal Maintenance

For patients suffering from gingivitis and don’t have a history of periodontal disease or attachment loss, we could manage the issue with supportive periodontal maintenance. Our dental hygienist will carefully and thoroughly remove deposits of plaque from between your teeth and on the surfaces of them. We also clean along the gum line too. Afterward, we polish the smile thoroughly. The procedure could help reverse inflammation, and prevent the onset of the disease.

Scaling and Root Planing

A periodontal deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is recommended when plaque and tartar have reached the surfaces of your roots too. At this stage, you could be suffering from the early stages of periodontal disease, and treatment could manage it to keep your smile whole. With an ultrasonic scaling device, we will remove buildup from the teeth and roots, planing the roots to keep them smooth and prevent bacteria from becoming stuck on them. We will administer a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable, and this could take one visit or up to four, depending on the severity of your plaque and tartar buildup.

Ozone Therapy

We can use ozone therapy to sterilize and destroy harmful oral bacteria that are responsible for the onset of gingivitis and gum disease. This is an effective and noninvasive treatment option, and can help protect the smile.

If you have any questions about our preventive treatment options, then contact our team today.

Talk To Your Encinitas/San Diego, CA Periodontist About Avoiding Periodontal Disease

Our team wants to help you enjoy good oral health with preventive treatment options. If you would like to find out more about keeping harmful symptoms and complications at bay, call Dr. Kania’s office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.