Gum disease is one of the most common dental health concerns faced by our HomeTown Dental at Sherman patients. Gum disease can be quietly advancing, without any indication that something is wrong until it is in advanced stages. Routine periodontal care will help to keep your gums healthy, address any signs of gum disease, and help to keep your smile bright.
What To Expect From Periodontal Care
Periodontal dentistry involves the care of your gums. During periodontal treatments, your teeth and gums will be cleaned in an effort to address plaque buildups and excess bacteria responsible for gum disease. During your treatment, our dental hygienist will address the tartar on and between your teeth using hand-operated cleaning tools. The teeth will be brushed with a mildly abrasive toothpaste to get them perfectly clean. Polished and clean, your teeth will feel great after your periodontal treatment.
How Often Are Periodontal Treatments Needed?
The periodontal care that you receive may take several appointments in order to address any concerns found by our dentist or hygienist. The number of appointments needed will depend on the severity of the gum disease, and on how widespread it is. A patient who has more aggressive stages of periodontal disease could need to take a round of antibiotics.
On average, patients should receive a professional cleaning every six months. Our dentist will discuss a schedule with you so that you can get the most out of your treatments. Your gum health is worth taking the time.
The Benefits Of Periodontal Care
The benefits of good periodontal care are far-reaching for the health of the mouth and the body as a whole. After treatments, your gums will be healthier and at a reduced risk of aggressive gum disease. Gums that were red, inflamed, and prone to bleeding will heal. Teeth will be at a decreased risk of damage, and you may even enjoy fresher breath.
Will Periodontal Care Hurt?
You may experience sensitivity to extremes in cold or heat for a few days after your treatments. You may also feel some sensitivity in your gums, but it will subside within a few days. Over the counter pain relievers can provide relief, as can using toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
The treatment itself should not hurt. You may feel some discomfort, but a numbing gel can help to ease your discomfort. Be sure to always tell your dental professional when you feel discomfort during treatment. Your comfort is of the utmost importance.
The Risks Of Gum Disease
Gum disease takes a toll on more than just the health of your gums. It can impact the stability of your teeth and can also result in systemic infections that can be hard to treat. Those who have untreated gum disease are at an increased risk of losing teeth in the affected area. In addition, the infection resulting from gum disease can lead to abscesses, heart concerns, stroke, diabetes, and more.
All of this can be readily prevented with the right type of periodontal care and of course, with a good home dental hygiene routine of brushing and flossing after each meal. Keep your gums healthy with an appointment at HomeTown Dental at Sherman. Call 430-202-5033 to schedule your professional cleaning.