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Dental Treatments For Gum Health

When taking care of your smile, we focus on your gums, as well as your teeth. The gingival tissues play a critical part in securing your teeth to the jawbone across your entire lifetime. You can think of their health as a bellwether for the overall state of your smile. By prioritizing a daily oral hygiene regimen that takes into account the entire smile, you can do your part to prevent infection of this important part. By removing plaque and debris from the surface of your smile, you clean away both materials that cause cavities, as well as inflame the sensitive areas of your gum. If an infection develops, left untreated, it can wear away the connection, causing your teeth to become stable. Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults today? For this reason, we encourage you to give us a call whenever you develop a symptom of a gum infection. Caught at its first stage, gingivitis is potentially reversible. If the infection reaches your bone, you must care for your disease for the rest of your life.

At your Ankeny, IA, dental practice, we focus on all aspects of the smile when providing care. When you visit our office for a cleaning and exam, we will take a look at your gums to identify if anything has changed since your last visit. If there are signs of disease, we can put you on periodontal maintenance therapy to get your symptoms under control and help you preserve your oral tissues.

Stay On Top Of Routine Dental Exams!

If it has been a long time since your last dental checkup, schedule one at your earliest convenience. By taking a preventive approach toward your oral care, you can stop gum disease before it starts or catch it in the preventable stage. If instead, you wait for bleeding, inflammation, and bad breath to strike, the disease may have progressed into an advanced stage.

Providing Periodontal Maintenance Therapy

When you have an infection, we can provide a deep cleaning service to remove bacterial deposits above and below your gum line. By reaching into pockets under your tissues, we allow the gums to heal and reattach to your tooth’s roots. After a successful deep-cleaning treatment, you can expect your inflammation and bleeding to subside. In comparison to semiannual standard cleanings, we may ask you to return more frequently to help keep gum disease at bay.

Speak With Your Ankeny, IA, Dental Team About Caring For Your Gums!

When gum disease symptoms appear, do not delay in seeking treatment! We can provide a maintenance therapy to help you preserve your smile and relieve your pain and inflammation. If you would like to find out more about this or any other service we offer, please call your Ankeny, IA, dentist’s office at 515-207-6182 to schedule a visit today.