Have you recently eradicated gingivitis or periodontal disease from your mouth and gums?
If so, then you are feeling good about your mouth and gums. Your teeth have no plaque and tartar and you won’t need to visit the dentist again for another year, right?
Many patients are not aware that periodontal maintenance is the only sure way to keep gum disease from returning. Periodontal maintenance is regularly performed at certain intervals after procedures such as scaling and root planing. Periodontal maintenance includes the removal of plaque and tartar, scaling and tooth planing and polishing. Some patients require more frequent appointments. Brock Dental can help you determine what frequency of periodontal maintenance is right for you.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is insidious. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth without knowing why.
Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes. Pregnant women are also at an increased risk. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.
Do Not Delay, call us today!
In the past, fear of painful dental surgery has kept people with gum disease from seeking the care they need. At Brock Dental we have a variety of pain control options to choose from while undergoing treatment. If you suffer from bad breath and bleeding gums, we invite you to book an appointment or new patient exam (if you are new to our office) so we can help you take care of your oral health needs before you require lengthy dental treatments.