Periodontal disease is gingivitis or gum inflammation in its advanced form. Sugar and starch form sticky plaque on teeth. Regular brushing and flossing can eliminate plaque. If left untreated, plaque can harden and form into tartar, which is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Gingivitis occurs when the spread of bacteria causes the gums below the teeth to get inflamed. When bacteria penetrate deeper into the bones and tissues, periodontal disease results which can eventually lead to tooth loss.
After a complete evaluation, this dentist may recommend a non-invasive procedure such as scaling to get rid of tartar. Scaling involves the use of ultrasonic dental instruments to remove plaques and tartar clinging to the teeth and beneath the gum line and affected gum pockets. Schedule an appointment with Grand Family Dentistry for an evaluation.
In addition to scaling, a root planing procedure may be necessary to further clean the affected teeth and gums. In some instances, antibiotics are prescribed to suppress the growth and development of bacteria. Dental medications applied to the infected gum pockets can also inhibit the spread of bacteria and prevent further damage from occurring. The American Dental Association recommends yearly checkups to prevent gingivitis which can lead to periodontal disease.
In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary for severe cases of periodontal infection where the gums are badly damaged. This dentist will recommend your own personal dental care at home to encourage the development of healthier teeth and gums. Regular oral care and hygiene are one of the best dental protections for sufferers of periodontal disease. Using fluoride toothpaste when brushing your teeth will prevent the formation of plaque. Flossing the areas between the teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach is important to remove hidden plaque. For more information, visit https://grandfamilydentistry.com
Grand Family Dentistry
5422 Jones Creek Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70817