Periodontal Maintenance in Chandler, AZ
Periodontal disease starts small. You might notice some redness or swelling in your gums. They may bleed when you brush. You may ignore these symptoms, writing them off thinking you were brushing your teeth too hard. These can actually be signs of periodontitis, which can significantly affect your health. When this happens, periodontal maintenance is needed to improve the health of your mouth and prevent more serious problems, like tooth loss.
What is periodontal disease?Periodontal disease is an advanced stage of gum disease. It starts out as gingivitis, which only affects the gums. Plaque hardens into tartar, which is impossible to remove with regular brushing. Tartar pushes against the gums, causing irritation and inflammation. It allows bacteria to get under the gum line. As it progresses, the bacteria affect your teeth and jawbone, causing infections and destroying everything in its path. Your gums and bone begin to deteriorate and you could possibly begin to lose teeth. In the jaw, bacteria may enter the bloodstream, which can lead to severe health issues such as heart disease.
In order to prevent these devastating problems, action is needed. The best course of action is periodontal maintenance.
What is periodontal maintenance?Periodontal maintenance is the regularly scheduled cleaning of your teeth to remove bacteria as well as plaque and tartar buildup. On average, the treatments are done about every three months, but your exact schedule will be determined by Dr. Scholes based on your individual needs.
BenefitsThere are a multitude of benefits involved in periodontal maintenance:
In Between MaintenanceYour general dentist and Dr. Scholes will determine how often you should receive periodontal maintenance. Usually, it is recommended that these appointments be alternated between Dr. Scholes and your general dentist. Between each visit, you should continue to care for your teeth to help improve the condition of your mouth.
Always brush your teeth at least twice a day. This helps to remove plaque build up as well as any leftover food particles that may be stuck. Flossing daily also aids in this endeavor. Using mouthwash will kill oral bacteria and help to wash away everything you have removed from your teeth.
Eating a healthy diet can also help the condition of your teeth and gums. Calcium-rich foods, such as dairy, can help strengthen teeth and bone. Dark leafy greens provide you with essential vitamins and minerals. And there are a whole host of foods that can help fight bacteria and ease inflammation. These foods include garlic, onions, turmeric, ginger, and honey. A healthy, nutritious diet can also help speed up recovery time.
Periodontal disease can be devastating to your whole body health, not just that of your mouth. At Scholes Periodontics and Implants, Dr. Scholes is dedicated to improving your health. He can help you stop the progression of gum disease, helping you to get your life back and saving your teeth. If you are suffering from gum disease, call today to schedule an appointment.