Development of Periodontal Disease
Also referred to as periodontology, periodontics is the field of dentistry related to the supporting structures of your teeth, along with the conditions and diseases that affect them. It focuses on inflammatory diseases that destroy the gums and other surrounding structures of the teeth. When things are amiss here, it is generally the result of a bacterial infection and your body’s own inflammatory response that results in bone loss and bleeding around the teeth. If detected early through regular professional cleanings, the effects can be treated and reversed. One common myth about dental cleanings is that they are all the same. In reality, dental cleanings can significantly vary from one person to another. For the purpose of maintaining proper oral health, different types of dental cleanings may need to be performed. During our new patient consultation and maintenance visits, a comprehensive assessment of your gums’ health is carried out, and the kind of cleaning will depend on the diagnosis. For this reason, your initial hygiene appointment will generally not be scheduled the same day as your new patient exam. Regular visits with us will ensure that your mouth is truly healthy, which will then positively impact your overall health. Keep in mind that periodontal disease can contribute to a range of diseases, including diabetes, respiratory issues, heart disease, and even cancer. Our team of dentists strive to be leaders in the branch of gum disease – detecting it sooner and treating it before it goes out of hand – and utilizing modern techniques, technology, and educating you throughout your visits to make your sessions more comfortable.