Our talented team at Advanced Family Dentistry provides our patients with holistic dental care. Periodontal care focuses on the structure of the teeth so that a strong support system keeps the teeth vibrant and healthy. The periodontium refers to the underlying support system of the teeth, which includes the gums, cementum, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone. Periodontal care is necessary for optimal function of your teeth as well as cosmetic appearance.
What is the Importance of Periodontal Care?
Many diseases and conditions can compromise the function and appearance of your teeth. Some periodontal conditions are less harmful than others and more easily corrected. For example, gingivitis is the most common condition associated with the periodontium. This is the inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissues. Patients experiencing gingivitis may notice slight bleeding during brushing and bad breath. In most cases, improved oral hygiene and clearing of plaque buildup can correct this problem without further complication.
Periodontitis is a more serious condition. When significant amounts of plaque and bacteria buildup around the gums, they threaten the integrity of the crucial structures in the mouth. If left unchecked, periodontitis can cause gum loss, bone loss, and even lost teeth. It is imperative to see to the treatment of this condition immediately for optimal dental health.
How Do I Know if I Need Periodontal Care?
There are several risk factors for periodontal disease among the general population. Studies have shown that age and dental hygiene, especially, are significant markers for the possibility of periodontal disease. As part of routine care, regular brushing and flossing can help to sweep away harmful bacteria and plaque growth that are the primary culprits of disease. When you visit our office, our expert dentists and hygienists will advise you of the best practices to ensure your gum health.
Poorly fitting dentures may also impact periodontal health by wearing on the gums. If you received dentures that were not properly fit, and are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with poor gum health, then you should schedule an appointment with our office to have them checked out and possibly be fitted for a new pair. Our dentists are experienced in forming comfortable and effective dentures and other implants.
It is important for all of our patients to keep in mind that the majority of people who suffer from diseases of the gums or bones supporting the teeth do not realize that anything is wrong. Preventative screenings using the best technology is the only way to know for certain that your gums and support structures in the mouth are healthy. If you have not had a regular check-up at our office in more than six months, you may be at risk of developing symptoms associated with compromised periodontal function.
Maintaining the health of your gums is crucial to the overall health of your mouth. Please do not wait to schedule an appointment with our friendly and professional dentists. You can contact us at Advanced Family Dentistry at (765) 287-5338 during regular business hours. We are here to keep your smile bright and healthy.