Preventing Gum Disease from Recurring
Keeping Your Mouth Healthy
While our specialist doctors are highly skilled and experienced in treating gum disease, they know that preventing the disease is just as important. That's why we work to provide you with the tools, treatment and knowledge you need to keep your gum disease from returning.
Prevention Begins With Education
Our team firmly believes that prevention is preferable to treatment. We are leaders in the field of preventative dental care, and we receive frequent requests to provide education to other dental professionals.
In addition to the care we provide in our practice, we take the time to teach our patients ways to care for their teeth and gums at home that are tailored to their specific needs.
After we have determined the cause and type of your gum disease, and treated it effectively, we take extra steps to keep it from recurring.
On your first visit, the doctor will conduct a very thorough examination of your entire mouth to determine the causes behind any oral issues you may be having. This examination includes screening for oral cancer and may also include oral DNA testing for bacteria, digital X-rays and a cone beam CT scan, when necessary, which provides a three-dimensional view of your mouth to help us determine if bone loss has occurred.
Eliminating the Problem
Once the problem has been accurately diagnosed, we create and begin a treatment plan that is formulated to suit your specific needs.
Minor gum disease can be effectively treated with scaling and root planing, while more severe cases are treated non-surgically with the Perioscope. In fact, 90% of advanced periodontal disease can be treated this was using the Perioscope.
Maintaining Control of Gum Disease
Moderate to severe gum disease can be quite tenacious, requiring more frequent visits to our office and more diligent care at home. Regular professional cleanings are essential to maintaining oral health. We provide routine cleanings and deep cleanings, as well as personal coaching to help you understand and alter habits that are causing you to become ill.
Our patients tell us daily that they appreciate being treated as adults, participating in choosing options and never feeling judged.
Caring for Your Teeth and Gums at Home
A few simple steps incorporated into your daily routine can help prevent gum disease, including the following:
- Brushing after meals helps remove plaque and debris. Bacteria like to reside on your tongue, so be sure to include this area when brushing. Following with a swish of mouthwash can remove any particles that were missed when flossing and brushing.
- Flossing once a day also works to remove food and plaque along your gumline that is out of reach of your toothbrush.
- Knowing the factors that put you at risk for gum disease is an important consideration. Age, tobacco use, genetics, diet and certain medical conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, immunosuppressant, steroids and osteoporosis contribute to the occurrence of gum disease.
Our Patient Progress System
We use a voice-activated software that was pioneered at our practice that automates the collection of oral health information and keeps track of your progress. It creates profiles of our patients and provides data about patterns and progress to determine that you are becoming healthier.