It’s essential to brush and floss daily to keep your mouth healthy. Attaining good oral habits from a young age is very important . However, even regular brushing and flossing may not be enough to prevent oral problems such as gum disease. Your teeth and mouth are in constant use, accumulating wear and bacteria in places where brushes or floss can’t reach.
The hygiene team at Maple Mews Dental offers a combined more than 50 years of experience. Oral care services at Maple Mews Dental include comprehensive oral health evaluations of your teeth, gums and supporting bone, scaling and root planning ( deep cleaning), and fluoride treatments to protect your teeth and gums.
You may be suffering from gum disease and not even realize it! Even with proper oral health care, it is possible that your gums and teeth are affected by a buildup of plaque and calcium. It can start off painlessly, and includes minor symptoms such as bad breath and irritated or bleeding gums. However, it can become far more serious.
Gum disease can cause gum recession, loss of bone, and eventually, can lead to the loss of teeth. Gum disease may start off with buildup of plaque and calculus, can develop into gingivitis and then periodontitis, when symptoms like gum recession or inflammation are very noticeable.
Periodontal disease can affect your smile and your overall health. Conclusive links between heart and gum disease have been found and are now better understood. At Maple Mews Dental Office, our patients work closely with our dental hygiene team, with regular dental visits between 3-6 months, we work together to prevent and treat gum disease. As necessary, we refer patients with periodontal disease and other gum related issues to the periodontist. For your convenience we have a periodontist on our dental team!
At Maple Mews Dental some of our techniques to combat gum disease are:
• Routine Dental Visits: Visit your dental hygienist as recommended whether it be every 3, 4 or 6 months! Your dental visit interval is custom to the needs of your oral health.
• Home Care: At each dental hygiene visit, your hygienist will equip you with the tools necessary for your oral care! Use these tools faithfully while you continue to brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes each time and floss daily!
• Localized medication: To fight the gum disease, local medication may also be given to the affected areas.
• Curettage: To stop the chronic irritation and inflammation of your tissues, infected gum tissues are removed to allow healthy tissues to grow.
• Root-Planing: This process removes and smoothes tiny amounts of infected root surfaces to allow your soft tissue to heal.