Gum disease (also referred to as periodontal disease) is the most common oral health problem experienced by patients, and our team at Meriden Dental Group works hard to keep its consequences at bay with the help of personalized care. If we discover during your regular checkup that you’re suffering from gum disease, we can prescribe treatment based on its current severity. This may involve more in-depth cleanings, scaling and root planing, or the surgical removal of tissue. By dealing with gum disease as quickly and thoroughly as possible, we can help defend your oral health from future damage and protect both your time and budget.
Some of the early signs of gum disease include red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed whenever you clean them. Basically, this means that the soft tissue is under attack by an infection, and the only away to address it is to treat the area directly. If caught early, gum disease can typically be managed using additional dental cleanings and more diligent oral hygiene at home. However, once the infection has reached a certain level, more involved treatments may be needed.
This may include a deep cleaning of your gum line, and this is made up of two procedures: scaling and root planing. For scaling, we’ll used specialized tools to break up plaque and tartar that have built up along and under your gum line. Then, we’ll smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth with root planing, and this will make you much less likely to develop gum disease in the future.
At times, scaling and root planing may not be enough to treat gum disease, and in these cases, we’ll utilize a simple but effective treatment called Perio Protect
Perio Protect is how we can help you fight gum disease at home. We’ll provide you with a set of mouth trays and a hydrogen peroxide based medicine, and you’ll simply wear the trays with the medicine each night. This will place the medicine onto your gum line, directly attacking the source of your infection. We can customize the strength of the medicine depending on your particular situation, so it’s just another way we can personalize your care. You’ll be amazed at the results you can achieve with just a few nights of Perio Protect.
Of course, we bet you’d rather not develop gum disease in the first place, and we’re with you on that! That’s why we’ll always keep an eye on the condition of your gums during your regular checkup. Usually, we’ll be able to catch it early, and this will enable us to treat it before it turns into anything serious. Thankfully, the best ways to take care of your gums involve many of the things you are already doing:
Also, one of the biggest causes of gum disease is actually tobacco usage. Both smoked and smokeless tobacco weaken your gums’ ability to fight gum disease, and even worse, they can also lead to oral cancer. If you regularly use tobacco, you should try to come see us more often. We’ll never judge you—we just want you to be healthy! By doing the right things at home and coming to see us regularly, you’ll easily be able to stay gum disease free.
If you’d like to learn more about gum disease, Perio Protect, or anything else related to your tooth or gum health, don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions. Our office is located in Meriden, CT, and we warmly welcome patients from the surrounding communities.