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How your dentists in Stamford, CT, can help with periodontal disease
Did you know that periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss today? It’s true, and unfortunately, periodontal disease can sneak up on you. While you may only notice a slight amount of bleeding when you brush, harmful bacteria could be working overtime to cause gum and bone destruction.
Fortunately, your dentist can help you fight periodontal disease. Drs. Irina K. Pogosian and Thomas M. Ohlson at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, offer supportive periodontal therapy to help you achieve a healthier smile.
More about periodontal disease
Do you have periodontal disease? That’s an important question, for if the answer is yes, you need to seek out treatment from your dentist as soon as possible. Early diagnosis of periodontal disease leads to early treatment, which can produce a healthier, better outcome for you.
You need to pay attention to any of these signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Gum recession, which causes tooth root exposure
- Longer-looking teeth because of root exposure
- Sensitive root surfaces, especially to hot and cold
- Spaces or gaps forming between your teeth
- Teeth that feel loose, especially when you chew
- A change in how your bite feels
- Blood or pus coming from your gums
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you need to seek out the help of your dentist, and you need to start an aggressive, excellent program of oral hygiene at home. Remember to brush after meals and before bed, and floss at least once each day.
Additionally, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible for a comprehensive dental examination. Your dentist will recommend a periodontal therapy program designed to maintain the health of your gums and the bone that supports your teeth. Your periodontal therapy program may include scaling, root planing, and professional cleanings every three to four months.
Concerned? Give us a call!
Your smile is worth protecting, so you should do all you can to prevent periodontal disease. To find out more about prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, call Dr. Irina K. Pogosian and Dr. Thomas M. Ohlson at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT. Dial (203) 359-3296 today to protect your smile!
Surgical treatment for periodontal (gum) disease can go a long way toward restoring your mouth to good health; however, it does not change your susceptibility to the disease. That’s why we recommend that you come in regularly for periodontal cleanings after your treatment. Here are some frequently asked questions about keeping your mouth healthy after gum disease treatment.
How often do I have to come in for periodontal cleanings?
There’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer to that question: It really depends on your individual situation. For example, some individuals may have a more aggressive form of periodontal disease that requires more frequent periodontal maintenance (PM) treatments to maintain control. Others may have greater success controlling the buildup of disease-causing plaque with at-home oral hygiene measures, and therefore need PM less often. However, for people with a history of periodontal disease, getting PM treatments at a three-month interval may be a good starting point.
What happens at a periodontal maintenance appointment?
A thorough cleaning of the crown and root surfaces of the teeth, aimed at removing sticky plaque and hardened dental calculus (tartar), is a big part of PM treatments — but there’s much more. You’ll also receive a thorough clinical examination (including oral cancer screening), a review of your medical history, and x-rays or other diagnostic tests if needed. The status of any ongoing periodontal disease will be carefully monitored, as will your success at maintaining good oral hygiene. Decisions about further treatment will be based on the results of this examination.
What else can I do to keep gum disease at bay?
Keeping your oral hygiene in top-notch condition — which includes effective brushing and flossing every day — can go a long way toward controlling gum disease.Â In addition, you can reduce risk factors by quitting tobacco use and eating a more balanced diet. And since inflammatory conditions like diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease can make periodontal disease worse (and vice versa), keeping these conditions under control will greatly benefit both your oral health and your overall health.