The Importance of Periodontal Health
Of the various threats that your smile could face, gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is one of the most common. It’s also the leading cause of tooth loss for adults in the United States. That’s largely because patients don’t always seek treatment in time to manage the disease before it extensively damages their gums and jawbone. Because of its potential impact on your long-term oral health, your periodontal health is a key focus of your regular preventive dental care. When necessary, Dr. Foust can perform deep periodontal cleaning, or scaling and root planing, to clear away gum disease-causing bacteria and help you maintain good periodontal health. Because periodontal cleaning and maintenance are more complex than regular dental cleaning, your treatment can require multiple visits. We’ll work closely with you to develop a schedule of care that is tailored specifically to your oral and periodontal health needs and preferences.
Treating Gingivitis and Gum Disease
Gingivitis and gum disease are often singled out separately despite the fact that they describe the same condition. The difference is that gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and in some cases, it can be reversed with prompt treatment. The more advanced stages of the disease cannot be reversed, though they can be controlled with regular maintenance and a strict schedule of hygiene and preventive dental care. Whether preventing, reversing, or treating the disease, the key is to remove the harmful oral bacteria that gather on and underneath your gums. If you exhibit signs of gingivitis or more advanced gum disease, such as bleeding and inflamed gums, don’t put off making an appointment, so you and your dentist can address the issue.
Keep Your Periodontal Health Under Control
If you exhibit early signs or an increased risk of gum disease, then periodontal cleaning (scaling and root planing) can help you protect your smile. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA today at (515) 965-0230. We also welcome patients who live in Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.