Gum Disease Prevention & Treatment
Many patients wonder why they need exams and cleanings twice a year, especially if they aren't having a problem. The reason is that the perfect time to visit your Goffstown dentist is when you aren't experiencing issues because that's what preventive dentistry is all about.
Dental Exams and Cleanings
During your six-month dental exams, Dr. Leonardi performs a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums. She looks for signs of cavities and periodontal disease and also checks the condition of existing fillings, crowns, and bridgework. She will also evaluate your dental bite and look for signs of wear that indicate you might be grinding your teeth.
We are all about good old-fashioned personal interactions, but we value dental technology that helps inform you about your oral health. Using state-of-the-art digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, we can share images with you to show you what's happening inside your mouth, including the inside of your teeth and under your gums, where cavities and gum disease often develop.
Your six-month visits also include a personalized dental cleaning with one of our skilled hygienists. Plaque that sits on your teeth hardens into tartar or calculus and cannot be removed with brush and floss at home. Your hygienist removes both plaque and tartar using specialized instruments, then polishes your teeth for that slick, clean feeling.
The Importance of Treating Gum Disease
Gum disease or gingivitis is a bacterial infection of the gums that affects nearly half of all US adults over the age of 30. Bleeding or swollen gums are common signs of gingivitis, but you may not notice any symptoms at all. All the same, untreated gum disease continues to damage your gums and the structures that support your teeth.
Worse yet, since your mouth is the gateway to your body, chronic gum disease causes inflammation that gets carried throughout your system. Heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, and pre-term pregnancies are all linked to gum disease.
Personalized Gum Disease Treatment
Like all other services we offer at Glen Lake Dental, the approach we take to treating gum disease is personalized for your unique needs. We offer two types of teeth cleanings at our Goffstown dental office, and Dr. Leonardi will recommend one based on the extent of gum disease we find present.
Gingivitis is the first and mildest stage of gum disease. If we catch it at this early stage, gum disease is usually reversible. One of our dental hygienists will perform a thorough dental cleaning and will also discuss with you ways that you can improve your brushing and flossing skills.
If we don't treat gingivitis, gum disease progresses to the advanced stage called periodontitis. Periodontal pockets open up between your teeth, and the infection starts to attack the bone that holds them in place. Your teeth become loose, and eventually, you will experience tooth loss.
To treat periodontitis, Dr. Leonardi would recommend a specialized deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. The scaling portion removes plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. Planing smooths the root surfaces of your teeth, removing rough spots where bacteria can collect and promoting the reattachment of gum tissue to your teeth.
Do You Have Symptoms of Gum Disease?
If you've been noticing signs of periodontal disease like bleeding gums, call Glen Lake Dental to schedule a dental cleaning and exam. We can help get your oral health back on track.