70 Years of Gentle, Compassionate Periodontal Care in Chelyan, WV
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help avoid problems. In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps you can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:
- Brush thoroughly twice a day & floss daily
- Eat a balanced diet & limit snacks between meals
- Use dental products with fluoride, including toothpaste
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings & oral exams
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months
This is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take only 25 to 30 minutes and should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planing and polishing. Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces in a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar. Dental hygienists traditionally perform scaling by hand. However, new and advanced technology has lead to more modern methods such as electric scalers. This sophisticated tool makes dental cleanings more efficient and takes less time. For best results, we combine both electric and manual scaling methods.
Root planning is the process of cleaning gum pockets to treat and prevent gum disease. When gums are inflamed, gum pockets become deeper and may lose connections to the bone inside. The deeper the pockets, the easier it is for plaque deposits to become trapped and worsen gum problems. Polishing is the last step in teeth cleaning and involves finishing the surface of the teeth to make them shiny and clean.
NONSURGICAL GUM TREATMENT
The gums, ligaments and bone in your mouth form the foundation for your teeth. When these structures are not healthy, it jeopardizes your teeth. Signs of periodontal disease include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth and changes in teeth position or bite. With proper gum treatments, we can return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing, possibly done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. It is important to have gum problems checked promptly, as gum disease left alone may eventually need surgery or extraction.
Protect your teeth with thorough periodontal (gum) care at Grace Dental Care. Call 304.595.3551 or use our convenient online Request an Appointment form.