Start Reducing Your Risk of Periodontal Disease

There’s a cause and effect for most occurrences in your life. The same applies to potential indicators of periodontal disease.

Standard wisdom says that regular brushing and flossing protects against many dental issues. And generally that’s the case.

In the process, you must spot and eliminate a common culprit. Unless you do it’s open season on your gum and bone tissue.

Periodontal disease sounds serious…and it is

Consistent and correct brushing and flossing is a start. These oral health habits are your first line of defense.

You leave yourself vulnerable to the many causes of periodontal disease if you don’t practice good oral hygiene. One cause, in particular, is its breeding-ground so to speak.

You hear a lot about dental plaque…but it’s what you may not have heard that leads to periodontal disease.

Dental plaque is the common build up on your tooth surface. It’s also where bacteria thrive and join forces.

Research reveals that there are currently over 600 species of bacteria known to exist in the mouth alone. Only 400 of those bacterial species are currently identified.

When enough bacteria team up your gums become the target. Expanding bacterial colonies find pockets deep in your gum and bone tissue.

Inside those pockets is where bacteria do damage. The impact zone between gum and bone tissue can result in periodontal disease.

Control dental plaque to reduce your risk of periodontal disease.

A dental hygienist is your ally in preventing periodontal disease. Regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings provide advance warning about plaque build-up.

Where there’s plaque there’s bacteria. Your hygienist will remove plaque from your teeth and check and clean the pockets between your teeth and gums where bacteria thrive.

Avoid the risk factors of periodontal disease with dental check-ups and cleanings every 6 months. More frequent appointments may be necessary if periodontal issues are present.

Control the causes and you reduce the risk of periodontal disease. Practice good oral health habits and stay current with in-office dental check-ups and teeth cleanings.

What new understanding do you have about periodontal disease?

Think of It as Your Mouth’s Eco-system – Periodontal treatment keeps your oral health in balance

Think of It as Your Mouth’s Eco-system – Periodontal treatment keeps your oral health in balance

Ecologists talk about the balance of nature. They have in mind the interdependent eco-system that exists between plants, trees, and their environment.

Think of your oral health as an eco-system. Periodontal treatment keeps your mouth’s ecology in balance.

Your teeth are the most visible feature of your dental environment. It makes sense to give them the most attention.

Brushing and flossing are, of course, the primary focus of maintaining good oral health. And flossing – commonly overlooked – is actually the most effective periodontal treatment you can do outside of a dental office appointment.

There’s more to your mouth than teeth.

Your mouth’s supportive elements are of equal and sometimes greater concern. Those elements include your gum tissue, tooth roots, and bone.

Periodontal treatment focuses there. Daily brushing and flossing help prevent most periodontal issues but regular checkups with a dental hygienist gives you advance protection.

Healthy gums promote a healthy mouth.

Your gums provide clues about the condition of your oral health. If your gums bleed consistently when brushing or flossing this could be an early sign of periodontal issues.

Communicate with your dental hygienist if bleeding occurs regularly. Your hygienist will check (or chart) the pockets around your teeth to determine the existence and severity of tissue and bone damage.

A periodontal treatment to help avoid periodontal disease

Early treatment of the periodontal areas of your mouth can prevent periodontal disease. And early treatment is the least invasive and most cost-effective.

Scaling and root planing carefully clean your tooth root surfaces. Removing plaque and tartar from the deeper pockets targets the bacteria and promotes periodontal health.

You may require ongoing periodontal maintenance to assure gum and tooth health. Scaling and root planing can help you avoid more comprehensive and costly periodontal treatment too.

Your teeth and gums are vital to your overall health. Keep your mouth’s eco-system in harmony with periodontal check-ups and treatment.

What’s your biggest challenge to maintaining healthy oral hygiene habits?

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Choice, Necessity and Your Dental Health

Freedom of choice is a gift. If you don’t believe this, consider how you feel the next time something happens beyond your control. There are dental treatments you can choose. And there are those that result from an emergency or a treatment diagnosis. For the most part you can freely choose from a variety of cosmetic dental treatments. When a diagnosis reveals a threat to your oral health you may be forced to choose a restorative treatment.

Cosmetic Dental Treatment as Choice

These days you could elect to have a purely cosmetic dental procedure. A smile makeover is a common option that includes tooth color, tooth alignment, replacement of missing teeth, tooth balance, etc. Cosmetic dentistry works closely with you and your desire for an attractive, new smile. A treatment plan will be designed to achieve exactly what you want from the dental smile makeover.

Some restorative procedures may be included too. Bonding, veneers, dental crowns, orthodontics (braces) or oral surgery are common procedures that coincide with some cosmetic dental treatment.


Restorative Dental Treatment as Necessity

A dental restoration is ultimately your choice. But a properly presented diagnosis will most often reveal that restorative treatment is a necessity to assure your best oral health. Your treatment plan will determine the specific procedures you need. Most full mouth restorations require phases of treatment and more than one office visit. Restorative treatment can involve the same basic procedures as cosmetic dental treatment. Common essentials include regular teeth cleanings and periodontal (gum) care.

Crowns, bridges, and dental implants are standard restorative treatments as well. Braces may be necessary to move your teeth into proper alignment. Bone grafts  and soft tissue placement are common restorative treatments too. These enhance the stability of your teeth and prepare them for effective implant placement.

The choice is yours. You can choose freely or your choice will be based on necessity. Either way – it ultimately depends on maintaining good oral health habits.


Do you consider your current dental needs to be cosmetic, restorative or a combination of each?