Ankeny, IA, dentist offers gum treatments

We Can Help You Manage Periodontal Disease

Finding out that you have periodontal disease can be stressful. You may worry about the future of your oral health and what this means for you. While this can be worrisome, there are ways to manage your symptoms and protect your smile. The team at Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA, offers deep cleanings that can help minimize your symptoms when paired with an improved oral hygiene routine.

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Steps To Prevent Gingivitis

Your top priority for your oral health should be preventing common dental problems before they occur. When it comes to gingivitis, it’s essential that you practice a consistent hygiene routine at home that includes brushing and flossing. Flossing is one of the most important steps of your daily routine, but an estimated one third of all patients skip this part. By adding it to your routine, you can reduce the chances of plaque buildup, cavities, gum disease, and many other problems. Don’t forget to see your dentist biannually as well. Visiting your dentist twice a year allows you to have your teeth cleaned by a professional and the team can look for early signs of concern.

Warning Signs To Watch Out For

Early signs of gingivitis can include swollen, red, or bleeding gums. By catching this early, the team can advise you on how to improve your oral health and reverse the infection. Other indicators could include sensitivity to the area when eating and bad breath even after brushing your teeth.  Your dentist may be able to tell if you are not taking proper care of your gums because they will bleed during a cleaning. If you experience any of these signs, or more, it’s important to speak with your dentist as soon as possible. Prompt treatment for an infection reduces the chances of it turning into a more advanced stage of the disease.

What To Do If You Have An Infection

Your dentist may be able to use your symptoms and visual signs during your examination to diagnose you with periodontal disease. It can be disheartening to learn that you have gingivitis, but it does not mean that your oral health cannot be managed. If you are told you have a gum infection, deep cleanings can be scheduled to help treat these symptoms. A scaling and root planing will be done to remove plaque buildup from your gums and prevent them from receding. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to have several of these performed. In addition to a deep cleaning, you will also need to improve your oral hygiene routine.

Talk To Our Team To Learn More

Do you have questions about your gum health? Schedule an appointment with our team in Ankeny, IA, today by calling (515) 965-0230.