We all know that oral health is important, but are you doing everything you can to keep your teeth in great shape? If you’ve been experiencing any of the signs or symptoms associated with gum disease, you and your smile may benefit from periodontal therapy.
Here’s a little more about this efficient and effective non-invasive treatment option:
Getting to the Bottom of Gum Disease
Over time – and even with good brushing and flossing habits – plaque and tartar can build up not only on the surface of your teeth but also at or under the gum line. Your dentist can banish that build up using periodontal therapy to deep clean your smile and restore it back to good health.
Minimizing the Symptoms
In addition to tackling the root of your gum issues, periodontal therapy can also help lessen inconvenient, unsightly, or uncomfortable symptoms such as:
- Less-than-fresh breath
- Receding gums
- Red or swollen gums
- Sensitive teeth
How Does Periodontal Therapy Work?
Periodontal therapy can take several forms. If your dentist uses the non-surgical version, he or she will use techniques called scaling and root planning to manually remove build-up from your teeth and gums. Think of it like a deep cleaning for your carpets or hair – your dentist is getting to all the things that you may not be able to see and you’ll be feeling fresh and vibrant as a result! Depending on your specific situation, you may need to head to your dental office for just one deep cleaning or your dentist may recommend a series of treatments to get your smile into optimal shape. You may also receive custom mouth trays and antibiotic medication to help you preserve your smile in between visits.
More than half of all adults in the United States have some type of periodontal disease, but there is a way to restore order and embrace a healthier smile. Make sure you schedule regular check-ups with your dentist and if you have symptoms of gum disease, speak up. A happier, healthier smile may be closer than you realize!