Periodontal Care

Periodontal Care in Bethlehem, PA

Like high blood pressure, periodontal (gum) disease is a “silent” illness. Most people are not aware they have gum disease until their teeth become loose and fall out. Gum disease, a very serious dental ailment, is the main reason for tooth loss in adults.

There is a clear link between periodontal disease and overall health, according to recent studies. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes complications, and significant pregnancy issues.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Gums bleed while flossing
  • Red, swollen, painful gums- especially when brushing or during a teeth cleaning
  • Gum recession- gum tissue pulls away from the teeth

Gum disease affects the jaw bone in addition to the teeth. As the gum tissue separates from the tooth, an opening is made for germs. These bacteria can destroy the bone in your jaw and teeth, resulting in loose teeth in addition to giving you bad breath. This could lead to tooth loss and infection.

For the treatment of bacterial infections and gum disease, proper dental health is crucial. Regular visits to the dentist for cleanings, x-rays, and checkups are necessary for maintaining a healthy mouth. You cannot complete this by yourself. Coordination is necessary.

Periodontal Treatment

The early and moderate stages of periodontal disease can be treated with periodontal therapy. Sometimes referred to as a “Deep Cleaning,” this procedure entails cleaning the root surfaces of the teeth and eliminating plaque and calculus (tartar) that has built up in the gingival sulcus, or pocket, under the gums.

Local anesthesia is typically used to assure comfort during treatment. The area is then treated with medication such as antibiotics or antibacterial agents.

By reducing or getting rid of the infection-causing pockets around the teeth, periodontal treatment aims to restore the gums’ health. To aid in the healing of the gum tissue and bacterial infection, we advise regular at-home brushing and flossing as well as follow-up visits every three months.

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Periodontal Disease is a chronic condition and without continued treatment the infection and disease will recur. Each time it does, more bone is lost and the potential loss of teeth is higher.

We wish to collaborate with you to restore your gums and safeguard the bone in your teeth and jaw. Every three months, we hope to see you for Periodontal Maintenance cleanings. Our hygienist can provide you with feedback on the width and depth of the pockets surrounding your teeth each time you visit, and we can discuss how you’re doing. We will work together to cure this chronic ailment.

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