Battling and Overcoming Periodontal Disease
Although men and women across the Virginia area try their best to clean their teeth daily, many people find it all-too-easy to miss the regular toothbrushing and flossing they need. While occasional forgetfulness will happen from time to time, lengthy periods without proper teeth cleaning have significant and lasting results on tooth and gum health. In fact, for adults entering their 30s or 40s, poor dental habits may even lead to the onset of periodontitis, the result of which can seriously impact more than just the appearance of their smile or tooth sensitivity.
At Tria Dental Tysons, our practice is equipped with cutting-edge technology and knowledgeable orthodontal experts that enable us to perform the dental services our patients need. From routine checkups to cosmetic treatments and more, we offer men, women, and children with exceptional tooth and gum care through every phase of their lives. This also includes periodontal disease therapy for those patients who require extensive treatment to reverse the symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis.
What are Gingivitis and Periodontitis?
Every day, our mouths accumulate bacteria, food debris, and other particulate matter that needs to be removed through careful and consistent brushing and flossing. Left alone, this plaque material will harden and form into tartar deposits that continue to harbor bacteria growth. In most cases, regular toothbrushing prevents the plaque from hardening while your standard family dentist checkup will remove any build-up that daily cleaning has missed.
However, long periods between dentist visits and infrequent personal care can lead to additional tartar and thus even more stored bacteria sites between teeth and gums. This bacteria causes considerable inflammation to the gums, resulting in gingivitis. This form of gum disease causes gums to redden and swell as well as become more susceptible to bleeding. Fortunately, gingivitis is often relatively mild in its severity and does not cause bone or tissue loss in itself. In fact, daily brushing and flossing can reverse it along with regular dentistry appointments.
One of the largest threats to bone and gum health is periodontitis, which occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. When this periodontal disease develops, gums pull away from teeth and form pockets of bacteria. The body responds via the immune system by fighting the bacteria as it continues to grow throughout the gum line.
Without professional dental service, the body’s enzymes and the bacteria cause connective tissue and bone in the mouth to break down. This can result in lasting, extensive damage to the mouth and jaw. Research has also shown that there is a link between gum disease and heart disease, making the full impact of periodontitis a considerably greater threat to your health in its entirety.
What Does Periodontal Therapy Do?
Also known as scaling and root planning, periodontal therapy is designed to address and reverse the development of periodontal diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis while also improving overall tooth and gum health. This advanced form of orthodontal treatment involves a series of appointments that allow dental professionals to remove tartar build-up and deeply clean between gums and teeth while also regularly monitoring the results. This allows the dental team to adjust the cleaning process and make recommendations based on the ongoing treatment until the disease is reversed.
The ultimate goal of periodontal therapy is to eradicate bacteria growth through the mouth and restore tooth and gums to optimal conditions. More severe cases of periodontitis may require additional treatments until dental health is improved.
Am I at Risk for Periodontitis?
Along with poor dental behavior and improper cleaning, there are a number of risk factors which may contribute towards the development of gingivitis and, consequently, periodontitis. Illness and genetics can have effects on gum health while personal habits such as smoking have also shown significant rise in risk for periodontitis. Some research has also reported that stress can cause the body’s immune system to be less effective at fighting infections, which might also increase risk for periodontal disease.
For the most part, the majority of odds of developing gum disease is based on a combination of inadequate brushing and irregular checkups with a dental professional. Maintaining twice-a-day brushing and flossing in addition to routine professional care will considerably lower the patient’s odds of developing periodontitis.
An Expert Orthodontal Team Right Next Door
We at Tyria Dental Tysons pride ourselves on the thoroughness and convenience of our periodontal therapy services. We also offer all our periodontal therapy appointment with comfort in mind. Although our gum disease treatments are generally quite painless, we are able to provide our patients with light anesthesia options should they require them.
Request an appointment with us today and we will set you up with a consultation. Should you find that your gums and teeth are sensitive or show significant bleeding, our periodontal therapy services may be exactly what’s needed to bring relief to your symptoms.
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