Preventive Dentistry - Winthrop, MA
Healthy Smile, Healthy Life.
At Brooks Dental, we want to help you keep oral health problems away for a lifetime to come. Unfortunately, many adults will still experience moderate to severe cases of periodontal (gum) disease. Visiting our office every six months is a great way to ensure you aren’t surprised by significant periodontal infection -- but if you do slip up and find yourself dealing with persistent bad breath, swollen, tender gums, and the other side effects of gum disease, the preventive dentist in Boston can help.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
The majority of adults will experience periodontal/gum disease to some extent. It’s what develops when leftover bacteria gets the chance to accumulate in the space between the teeth and gums. The harmful bacteria digs in and eats away at the gum tissue, creating deeper and deeper spaces, which we call periodontal pockets. Left untreated, gum disease eventually causes significant or total tooth loss.
The symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding, tender, swollen gums
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Shifting teeth
- Missing teeth (in the latest stages)
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your preventive dentist if you notice you are dealing with any of the symptoms of gum disease. Seeking treatment right away is crucial for preventing the long term effects of periodontal disease, like heart problems, respiratory issues, and other serious health conditions.
What’s the Treatment for Periodontal Disease?
In the beginning stages, gum disease can be reversed with a few extra visits to our office and improved dental hygiene at home. We will discuss your brushing and flossing techniques and help you achieve the best practice for maintaining healthier teeth and gums.
Once gum disease progresses and the periodontal pockets have reached a certain depth, we provide nonsurgical scaling and root planing. Using special tools, your dentist or trained dental hygienist cleans above and below the gum line. Root planing smooths the root to prevent reinfection. Scaling and root planing may be completed over the course of several appointments to our office. Make sure you come in as scheduled and take any prescribed antibiotics as directed so we can kill bacteria and help you enjoy full smile health once again.
In the latest stages, surgical treatment may be necessary for treating periodontal disease.
How to Stay Away From Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is easy to prevent with regular hygiene and preventive attention. First, the basics: make sure you brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day and floss daily (at least). Visit your dentist every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning. When you do, we can monitor the depth of any periodontal pockets and ensure that you receive treatment as soon as possible. Maintain a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and avoid tobacco for continued oral health.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Preventive dentistry in Boston is the ticket for ensuring that you receive prompt gum disease treatment when you need it. When was your last visit to Brooks Dental? If it’s been more than six months, it’s time to come see us! Request an appointment with our team today.