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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Disease Treatment

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Your questions are always welcome at Northern Hills Dental. We want you to always be fully informed and comfortable with decisions you make about your family's dental care. Our team has many years of experience and can answer any oral health care questions you have. No question is too big or too small – if it's a concern for you, it's a concern for us, too. 

We've chosen a few questions we hear frequently and shared them below. However, you probably have some of your own, so please contact us if you don't see your question answered here. 

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease (gum disease) can have a serious impact on your oral health as well as your general health. Prevention has become even more critical since recent research has shown that chronic periodontal disease can contribute to general health problems like heart and respiratory disease.

At Northern Hills Dental, we offer various treatments for eliminating gum disease depending on the level of infection. But it is obviously preferable to prevent the disease from developing in the first place.

Regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the simplest way to help us stay one step ahead of gum disease. During a dental cleaning, our trained hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar that lingers on your teeth, and check your gums for any signs of periodontal disease.

This allows us to address the problem before it becomes serious and more complicated to treat. She will also show you how to brush and floss properly so that you get the most out of your oral hygiene routine.

Preventive treatments like regular cleanings and exams are the easiest and least costly way to protect your oral health. If you’re overdue for a cleaning, please contact our dental office. We will be happy to schedule a convenient appointment for you.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious oral health problem that is, unfortunately, very common. There are a number of signs that you may have gum disease, but you may not experience any symptoms at all and still have the disease. That is why regular professional cleanings with the hygienist at Northern Hills Dental are so important for your overall oral health.

Following is a list of some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Gums that bleed when you brush
  • Tender or inflamed gums
  • The feeling that your tooth or teeth are loose
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums

There are several stages of gum disease, and in its earliest stages you may not notice any symptoms at all. You may be surprised when you visit our hygienist for a cleaning that you already have some degree of gum disease.

If our hygienist does find periodontal disease, she will make certain recommendations based on the extent of the problem. In some cases, a thorough professional cleaning may be all that’s needed. In advanced cases, a deep cleaning and follow-up visits may be necessary to completely eliminate any infection.

Periodontal disease can develop quickly and damage your teeth and gums before you’re even aware that it’s present. We encourage you to make an appointment for a professional dental cleaning at our dental office, especially if it’s been a while since your last visit.

Brushing and flossing is very important, and if you make a habit of doing it twice a day, you are certainly on the right track. As important as personal oral hygiene is, however, it is not enough to keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free.

There are other factors that contribute to the health of your teeth. Genetics, lifestyle choices like tobacco use and the types of food you consume, and improper brushing techniques can all create oral health problems.

But the absolute best way to prevent cavities is regular dental exams and professional cleanings. Both give us an opportunity to keep tabs on the condition of your mouth, allowing us to detect problems like cavities while they are still small and easily treatable.

During these visits, we will also determine if application of sealants and fluoride would be helpful for maintaining oral health. If you’re not sure that your oral hygiene is effective, our hygienist will be happy to demonstrate the proper way to brush and floss, so you get the most out of your routine.

At Northern Hills Dental, we want to help you achieve excellent oral health. Please give us a call to arrange a dental cleaning and exam. At that time, we can talk to you about other ways you can ensure great dental health.

We may recommend more frequent cleanings at our dental office to protect your oral health if our hygienist sees that you have signs of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease needs to be addressed in a proactive manner because it is a serious infection of your gums. Without treatment, you may be at risk for overall health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory diseases.

As you probably know, it is normally necessary to have two professional dental cleanings per year to keep your mouth healthy and disease-free. However, if you have developed gum disease, we need to do more frequent cleanings to keep your mouth healthy and prevent any reoccurrence of the disease. If this is the case, you need cleanings more than twice a year to maintain oral health.

For people with gum disease, it is necessary for us to perform deeper cleanings that are more thorough so that we can thoroughly treat the infection that exists at and under your gum line. We use measurements of your gums in order to detect the presence and extent of gum disease, so that we can treat you accordingly.

At Northern Hills Dental, our top priority is to keep your teeth and gums in excellent health. If you do have periodontal disease, we will develop a treatment plan to rid you of the disease and continue to monitor your condition so that you enjoy a lifetime of excellent oral health

Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is a serious problem for millions of people. It is not only a threat to your oral health, but it can have an impact on your general health as well.

If not treated at our dental office, periodontal disease can significantly damage your dental health. It is a bacterial infection that can gradually eat away at healthy gum tissue. This, in turn, causes loosening of your teeth, deterioration of your jaw bone and, eventually, tooth loss.

But recent studies now indicate that there is also a definite relationship between the health of your mouth and your overall well-being. This connection is referred to as the oral-systemic link. It is believed that the bacteria generated by periodontal disease is carried by your bloodstream to other parts of your body. This can potentially result in complications with heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and more.

Considering the damage that periodontal disease can do to your dental and general health, it just makes sense to use all the preventive treatments available to reduce the threat. Twice-yearly professional dental cleanings are essential because you cannot eliminate gum disease by brushing alone.

Please protect your oral health and contact our dental office to make an appointment for a professional cleaning.

RAPID CITY, S.D (KOTA-TV) Before you head to school don't forget to floss, right? Well maybe not... There's been recent news reports questioning whether flossing is an important step for improving dental hygiene.

Periodontist Dr. Joshua Nehring, with Dakota Regional Periodontics, says flossing is very vital.

According to the American Dental Association, tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is built up on the teeth, along with the gum line.

Dr. Nehring suggest brushing for two minutes, twice a day to secure good oral hygiene and cleaning in between teeth daily.

"With any of the oral hygiene tools or instruments, you just need to not be too aggressive. We shouldn't be ramming the floss deep down in our gums...it should be a gentle technique. The floss should be what we call c shape, so your wrapping it around the tooth gently... going down just slightly to or below the gums and thats the same with your toothbrush and interproximal brushes", says Nehring.

Nehring suggest seeing your dentist every 6 months for good dental hygiene.

 

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