Periodontal Gum Therapy
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Laser Assisted Peridontal Therapy
- Chlorhexidine Irrigation
- Laser Bacterial Reduction
- Surgical Gum Therapy
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is practically an epidemic among adults and is becoming prevalent among teens and young people as well. If you are diagnosed with a form of periodontal disease, it means you have some degree of infection in the gum tissue, which can threaten the health of your teeth and gums. At O2 Dentistry, our skilled Sorrento Valley general dentist Dr. Eric and Dr. Jana Osmolinski treat gum disease with state-of-the art hygiene and bacteria removal techniques.
A Progressive Disease
Gum disease begins as gingivitis, the first stage of infection. Patients may experience bleeding gums, tenderness, redness, and inflammation. If the offending bacteria are not removed during the gingivitis stage, deep pockets can form, leading to full-blown periodontal disease.
Gum disease in its more severe stages can cause tooth loss, gum recession, and eventually, bone loss. In addition, many health studies have revealed a link between gum disease and serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pancreatic cancer, and lung disease.
Step 1: Diagnosis
Unfortunately, the majority of gum disease cases are currently undiagnosed. The biggest mistake adults make is thinking that just because they received a clean bill of health at their last appointment, they can skip a check-up with no repercussions.
If left untreated for too long, infections in the gum tissue can spread to the tooth root and eventually attack precious bone tissue. Untreated gum disease can become very serious, causing teeth to become loose or fall out. With an early diagnosis, we may be able to reverse some of the damage and control the spread of bacteria.
Step 2: Effective Treatment
Infection of the gum tissue results from an uncontrolled buildup of plaque. The bacteria present in plaque can literally poison your mouth tissue and eat away at enamel. With Dr. Osmolinski’s personalized gum disease therapy, we can control the harm done by bacteria. Laser gum therapy, frequent check-ups, and education on proper dental hygiene can help you take control of your condition. Keep in mind that certain “whitening” toothpastes and alcohol-based mouth rinses may be counterproductive. A deep-cleaning method called scaling or root planing is often used to remove plaque and tartar from teeth above and below the gum line. Antibiotics, gingival grafting, and surgery may also be recommended for improvement.
Gum Disease Prevention
Bacteria enter our mouths all day long. With all of the bacteria types that flourish there, it is up to us to be diligent about good hygiene. Of course, brushing and flossing after meals is important, but semi-annual check-ups and professional cleanings are also necessary to avoid infection. Avoiding sugary snacks and drinks as much as possible will also help control plaque buildup.
Getting plenty of sleep and managing stress healthfully will also reduce your risk of gum disease. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible — tobacco has been identified as the leading cause of gum disease and is also a major factor in the development of oral cancer.
For professional, comprehensive cleanings and gum evaluation, please contact Dr. Osmolinski at our Sorrento Valley cosmetic dentistry office. We look forward to welcoming you into our practice.
In the perio section we want treally play up the mouth body connection, that good overall health is impossible without good oral health. Really, that is the entire theme of my practice. Comprehensive oral care as part good whole health.