Did you know that, according to the American Dental Association, nearly half of U.S. adults over the age of 30 have periodontal disease? Furthermore, the leading cause of tooth loss in elderly adults is periodontal disease.
Once diagnosed, the effects of periodontal disease can be stifled with proper treatment. When at home, regular use of toothbrush and toothpaste is important, but that is not the cure-all solution. As part of this treatment, it’s critical to preserve the health of your teeth with regular, professional dental care.
Maintaining periodontal issues requires special scaling and root planing. This is cleaning that is more complex than what you normally get during a visit to the dentist. These cleanings are necessary because of the periodontal pockets that have formed between the teeth and gums (where plaque and tartar form) of those with a history of the disease.
The deep cleaning allows plaque, a sticky film of bacteria on your teeth, to be reduced. Not only does this reduce the risk for development of tartar, but it also allows for healing of the infected pockets. As the gums heal, they can become infection free, but maintaining a consistent cleaning schedule is necessary to preserve that status.
Periodontal treatment can often create sensitivity in the areas that have been professionally cleaned. While it is tempting to sidestep those areas until they heal, it’s important to continue lightly brushing and cleaning the affected areas with fluoride toothpaste and floss. Keeping the plaque away reduces the risk of cavities forming.
Additionally, there are medicines available that your dentist may prescribe to reduce periodontal bacteria. Some popular examples of these medications are Peridex, Periostat, and Periogard.
Periodontal disease does not have to be a death sentence for the health of your teeth. While smart oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing are important, South University Dental Associates have experts who can help you stave off the effects of periodontal disease on your teeth and gums. Whether you’re looking for the best in preventative care or just need feedback on how make better choices for oral health, a quality dentist in the Fargo-West Fargo Fargo-Moorhead area is just a phone call away. The team of dentists at South University Dental is available to offer dental advice, a diagnosis, or treatment as necessary.