Our hygienists, Vicki and Tammy, are 100% dedicated to improving the health of our patients. Excellent periodontal health is critical to much more than your oral health — it’s vital to your entire body’s health. With painless, non-surgical gum treatment, good overall health is not a dream, but a reality!
Gum Treatment and Periodontal Health
The dental term for gums and the other vital structures that support the teeth is “periodontics,” and many studies have shown links between periodontal diseases and a number of other chronic health conditions. These include, but are not limited to:
• Heart Disease
• Respiratory Disease
• Certain Cancers.
With all this in mind, we hope you sincerely understand the importance of good periodontal health. But there’s no need to fear — we annually screen our patients for periodontal disease. By updating and comparing your previous periodontal charting measurements, we are able to stop gum disease from affecting your health and happiness.
How We Prevent & Treat Gum Disease
We take every aspect of your dental health very seriously, and our measurements track several critical signs and symptoms of periodontal disease. These include:
• (6) Periodontal pocket measurements around each tooth (Healthy measurements are 1-3 millimeters )
• Any indications of inflammation when checking measurements (bleeding or swelling of gums)
• Any recession of gum tissues
• Any loss of supporting bone around molar teeth, that now involve the root bifurcations
• Any mobility (looseness) of teeth.
We compare these measurements with our dental x-rays. We look for deposits of calculus (tartar) underneath the gum tissue to determine how healthy your gums are — and what we can do to get them healthier!
Painless, Non-Surgical Gum Treatment
We know that our patients can effectively clean through brushing and flossing gum measurements of 2-3 millimeters. We also know that, in our gentle yet thorough dental cleanings, we can effectively clean up to 4 millimeters of periodontal pockets. Periodontal pockets of 5 millimeters or greater need additional treatment to manage this condition.
In our office, we offer a non-surgical option called Scaling and Root Planning. In this procedure, we provide local anesthesia (numbing) to the affected area. Vicki and Tammy can then effectively clean any residual calculus deposits out which will allow your gum tissue to heal naturally.
With Dr. Alexander and his team detecting, preventing and treating any gum disease that may afflict you, good periodontal health is yours. With good periodontal health comes good overall health and a gorgeous, eternal smile.