Periodontal (gum) disease, is a serious, progressive, oral health issue. When it begins, however, it is almost completely undetectable. Any early symptoms that do present themselves are often written off as brushing too hard. Untreated, gum disease only continues to grow worse and can lead to serious complications, including loose teeth, tooth loss, and health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. At Cameo Dental Specialists, we can help to stop gum disease in its tracks and restore the health of your mouth with periodontal maintenance.
How Gum Disease ProgressesGum disease is the result of the buildup of oral bacteria and plaque (a sticky substance that accumulates on your teeth). While they are both naturally-occurring, they are harmful in excessive amounts. Bacteria and plaque irritate your gums, which leads to inflammation (swelling). As your gums swell, they pull away from your teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria fall into these pockets and begin attacking your periodontal ligaments and jawbone. Eventually, you are faced with gum recession, loose teeth, and even missing teeth.
What is Periodontal Maintenance?Periodontal maintenance is a treatment for gum disease that involves a series of regularly scheduled dental cleanings. On average, these cleanings are performed every three months, but the exact frequency of your visits depends on your specific situation. Your visits begin with an exam. We check the condition of your teeth, measure periodontal pockets, and take x-rays. X-rays allow us to assess the condition of your teeth and jaw below the gum line. We then move on to your cleaning.
Scaling and Root PlaningScaling and root planing is a “deep cleaning” for your mouth. Scaling is a procedure used to remove plaque, tartar (hardened plaque that cannot be removed with a toothbrush), bacteria, and other debris from the surfaces of your teeth (including between them and just below the gum line). Root planing is a procedure in which the roots of your teeth are smoothed, effectively removing plaque, bacteria and other toxins. An antibacterial wash is administered below the gum line as well, which is done to help kill off any lingering bacteria.
Benefits of Periodontal MaintenancePeriodontal maintenance has several benefits:
How to Get Your Oral Health Back on TrackWhile periodontal maintenance can help to put an end to the progression of gum disease and allow your gums to heal, you cannot rely on your appointments only. It is important that you take measures to keep your teeth and gums healthy at home in between your scheduled visits. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing at least once. Along with this, make sure you eat a diet of nutrient-dense foods. Foods that are nutritious can help your teeth and gums to fight infection and heal.
If you have gum disease, periodontal maintenance may be able to help. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, call Cameo Dental Specialists today at (708) 456-7787.
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7603 West North Avenue
River Forest, Illinois 60305
3116 Oak Park Avenue
Berwyn, Illinois 60402
475 West 55th Street, Suite 208
La Grange, IL 60525
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Chicago, IL 60607