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Here at Boones Landing Dental Center in Wilsonville, OR we want all of our patients to have great oral health. One thing that we focus on to achieve great oral health is the gums of our patients. Gums are just as important to the health of your mouth as clean and healthy teeth. Periodontal procedures work to keep your gums healthy and happy for years to come.
Gum disease describes a condition where your gums are infected by bacteria that grow within your mouth. These same bacteria are responsible for cavities and even bad breath. “Gum disease” is a term used to describe the beginning stages of the overall condition known as periodontal disease. At the beginning stages, gum disease can still be treated and reversed, allowing full health to be restored to the gums. Once the infection progresses into the later stages we can no longer entirely reverse the progression of the disease, we can only mitigate the effects of periodontal disease.
How You Get Gum Disease
Like cavities, gum disease is the result of poor oral hygiene over a prolonged period. Gum disease begins to take hold of mouths that do not receive the proper amount of brushing and flossing. It can be hard to tell whether you have gum disease because discomfort is not one of the normal symptoms that accompany the infection. If you notice that your gums are red or swollen, or if they bleed easily, you may have gum disease.
Prohpy to Prevent Gum Disease
Prophy is what we do during your normal cleanings and examinations, professional removal of plaque and tartar buildup on and around the teeth. By coming in to have a prophy on a regular basis (once every six months or so), we can help to prevent gum disease and monitor the progression of the other oral health issues as they arise.
Periodontal Treatment to Treat Gum Disease
When gum disease progresses into periodontal disease or late stage gum disease, we can only treat the issue; we can’t restore the gums to full health. We can treat the issue with some periodontal treatment methods that will help to reduce the inflammation and extent of the infection. Scaling and root planing is the best way to remove plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line and reduce the size of the periodontal pockets that catch food particles and lead to gum inflammation.
If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, it is important that you follow-up with us regularly for periodontal maintenance. By doing so, you avoid having inflamed gums that can lead to tooth loss.
The best way to take good care of your gums is to lightly brush your teeth twice a day, or once following each meal, and floss at least once a day. Daily oral hygiene routines and normal dental cleanings and examinations are what help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Call us today at (503) 682-3743 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing your smile.