Periodontal Health

Periodontal Health and Hygiene Cleanings

What is periodontitis?

If you think that good dental hygiene is limited to brushing your teeth while listening to the weather forecast in the morning, you may be a candidate for developing gum diseases such as periodontitis. With poor brushing, improper cleaning between the teeth, poor nutrition, and not scheduling to see your dentist regularly, bad bacteria in your mouth could start to affect your gums. In mild cases, gums will swell and bleed as the bacteria builds unhealthy plaque on your teeth. Worse yet is when the plaque causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and leave pockets that become infected, starting to destroy the bones, gums and tissue that support healthy teeth. In the end, the inflammation can lead to the loss of teeth and other diseases in other parts of your body.

Why do dentists recommend periodontal checkups and increased dental hygiene?

Gum disease is easy for Dr. Danenberg to determine, and early detection is important to keep the process from becoming exacerbated and leading to possible surgery. The first question to ask is whether you brush properly – in the morning, after meals, two minutes each side, top and bottom – and floss and clean between your teeth regularly. That will help you keep unhealthy plaque down, and infection at bay. Also, it is critical to eat nutrient-dense foods. But cleaning and inspection of your gums is also necessary and can best be accomplished with the help of a dentist or dental hygienist. If mild forms of gum disease like gingivitis or more serious cases of periodontitis are discovered, we can help you recover.

What can you expect from treatment of periodontal disease?

We can treat periodontitis in our Bluffton dental office, first with a manual inspection of your gums and x-rays to determine whether you have developed bone decay. Next, a schedule of multiple treatments called “scalings” is set to deeply clean the plaque from your teeth and gums. There is minimal discomfort; sometimes an ultrasonic tool is used for the cleaning, and at other times a local anesthetic. Once completed, your gums will begin to rebound and become healthy again. A nutritional consultation could determine if the foods you are eating are increasing your risk of gum disease. With continuing dental care and proper nutrition, you should have no future problems with gum disease.