Bacteria are always present in your mouth and can lead to periodontal disease (gum disease).
Depending on how well your body and immune system fight infection, you may be more prone to gum disease. In fact, depending on what else is happening with your general health, your body’s ability to fight off gum infections can actually change from day to day.
An obvious symptom of periodontal infection is gums that bleed when they’re touched. At this point, bacteria and toxins in your mouth have basically overwhelmed your immune system, and the gum tissue around your tooth becomes inflamed.
The real danger here is that these toxins attach and become embedded to the root surface of the tooth. Left untreated, they will gradually cause the bone that surrounds your teeth to deteriorate. Unfortunately, this bone loss is permanent and if it continues, it will result in tooth loss since there’s nothing left to support them.
Improper oral hygiene is the primary cause of periodontal infections. You may be brushing and flossing regularly, but you want to make sure that your efforts aren’t wasted. During your cleaning, our hygienist will be happy to show you the brushing and flossing techniques that will help you get the most out of your daily oral hygiene routine.
Regular cleanings at Reflections Dental Spa are one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to avoid gum disease. During every cleaning, your hygienist will check your teeth and gums for signs of infection. With early detection, gum disease can be controlled without surgery.
If we find that you have gum disease, a thorough cleaning by our skilled hygienists may be all that’s needed to restore your gums to a healthy state. If necessary, our hygienist will also apply a topical antibiotic that continues to fight infection after your cleaning.
In the case of more advanced gum disease, we will recommend a deep cleaning. This procedure, called scaling and root planing, removes plaque and tartar that linger on teeth and smoothes the root surfaces of the root where bacteria collect.
Dr. Thomas may also suggest using dental lasers to treating advanced periodontal disease. Dental lasers are a state-of-the-art approach for removing infected gum tissue, reducing periodontal bacteria, and stimulating healing of the gums. Since treatment with lasers is less invasive than traditional methods, you will experience fast healing times and easier recovery.
Gum disease is not just a serious oral health problem. Your oral health has a direct correlation to your general health. Chronic periodontal infections put your well-being at risk because they contribute to heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and even pregnancy complications.
With proper care and regular dental cleanings, you may never have to worry about periodontal disease. If it’s been a while since your last cleaning, we encourage you to give call our San Ramon dental office to arrange an appointment.
And we don't want you to worry that Dr. Thomas or our team will judge you by your oral health care or lecture you about what you may or may not be doing right. We don’t worry as much about where your oral health has been as where it’s going – starting today.