Importance of Periodontal Health
Are your gums pink and healthy? Changes in your gums can be a sign of periodontal disease. Our Rockford, IL dentist shares a few signs of the disease and explains why it’s important to pay attention to the health of your gums.
Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases afflicting almost half of all Americans over 30. The cause of periodontal disease is plaque and calculus, which are bacterial films that accumulate on teeth. Plaque is a soft layer of bacteria that is removed through brushing and flossing, while calculus is plaque that has been calcified. Calculus is too hard to be removed with a toothbrush or floss and must be removed with a dental instrument. It takes only 24 hours for plaque to calcify and begin to turn into calculus.
Preventive periodontal charting, is a part of your dental chart, refers to the six measurements (in millimeters) that are taken around each tooth. The charting is usually done during dental checkups. It’s a graphic method of organizing information about your dental health. After your dental appointment, it’s best to incorporate the advice you’re given about maintaining healthy teeth and gums. And try to make sure you go back for regular checkups and charting.
If you notice early signs of gum disease like inflamed gums, bleeding, receding gums, or irritation then you should immediately visit the dentist near you. Treating early gum disease is very easy and it pains less.
Advanced Periodontal Health Options
If periodontitis isn’t advanced, treatment may involve less invasive procedures, including:
Scaling: Scaling involves removing tartar and bacteria from your tooth and beneath your gums.
Root planning: Root planning is used to smooth the root surfaces
Antibiotics: Topical or oral antibiotics can help control bacterial infection.
If you have advanced Gingivitis or Gum disease then meet Dr. Adriana Padron for best care and treatment. She says keeping your gums in good shape will help you avoid pain and tooth loss. In most cases, it’s easy to keep your gums healthy. Brushing and flossing twice every day will remove plaque.