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Periodontal Care


Diagram of periodontitis and health toothYour teeth are tough, but you need to do your part to keep them healthy and strong. Periodontal care is incredibly important for your teeth as well as your overall health and longevity. Without proper care, you put yourself at risk of losing teeth and needing more extensive dental treatment. Not only this, but these diseases could lead to other health conditions as well. In addition to the self-care you can do at home, Summit Dental Group can help keep you and your teeth healthy.

Why Periodontal Care?


So why exactly is periodontal care so important? Most people understand that poor dental hygiene can cause cavities, but there are actually a number of complications you could face. In addition to cavities, you could also develop periodontal disease (periodontitis), gingivitis, and general enamel break down. These conditions can be very painful and lead to the loss of teeth.

Dental conditions such as these can risk your health in other ways due to the potential infection they could cause. When your teeth are infected, the bacteria could get into your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body. Some other medical diseases that arise from poor dental hygiene include diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, certain types of cancer, and even prenatal health effects in pregnant women.

Caring for Your Teeth


You must care for your teeth daily to keep them healthy. The American Dental Association explains two key components of daily dental care; brushing and flossing. You should brush your teeth two times per day with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes each time. Use a brush with soft bristles so that you do not aggravate your gums. Also make sure you change the toothbrush every three to four months at least, or more if the bristles are damaged or frayed. Changing your toothbrush ensures that it is in good condition to clean your teeth and avoids bacteria build-up.

Flossing is an often overlooked but extremely important part of periodontal care. You can use dental floss or another type of interdental (between the teeth) cleaner, such as a water flosser. Flossing helps you clean areas between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. Without flossing, you are at risk of tooth decay and other complications. You should floss at least once a day at the time of your choice.

Periodontal Therapy


This is one of the services provided by Summit Dental Group. You will need this service if you have or are at risk of gum disease. Deep cleaning, otherwise called periodontal therapy, involves two steps. First, our professionals will remove any hardened plaque or tartar in a process called scaling. Once this is complete, you will receive our root planing service, which is where we smooth the roots of your teeth to help the gums reattach. This may take several visits, depending on how severe your condition is. Following your procedure, our professionals may prescribe an antibiotic or other form of at-home treatment. It is important to follow these instructions to ensure recovery and long term health.

More advanced periodontitis could also cause you to lose tissue and bone. In this case, you have several treatment options to restore the tissue such as grafting, guided tissue regeneration, and the use of tissue-stimulating proteins.

Routine Visits to Your Dentist


You will need to have preventative periodontal care to ensure these issues never happen. We recommend routine dental exams every three to four months. As part of these routine exams, we also provide a thorough cleaning. We may recommend dental x-rays as well, to check for any underlying issues. We would be able to tell you how often this is needed based on your medical history. To start receiving essential periodontal care, contact Summit Dental Group today.
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