New studies and research suggest a potential link between periodontal (advanced gum disease) and Alzheimer's disease. This is in addition to the existing links between periodontal disease and many other diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. Untreated periodontal disease is dangerous and is not limited to only the risk of losing your permanent teeth. This is why we make an effort to prevent the disease, and save you from unnecessary costs and risk of periodontal disease.
In our practice, we offer deep cleaning services, including scaling and root planing. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface. Root planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure. These measures help fight gingivitis, a generative disease which, if left untreated, will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration. Plaque and tartar on the teeth provide an environment in which bacteria thrive and multiply, resulting in inflamed and bleeding gums. At this early stage, gingivitis can be easily treated with scaling and polishing. If left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need a planing.
While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of gingivitis may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Deep scaling and root planing are usually broken down into one section of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time, and reduces the time for each appointment. To avoid advancement in periodontal disease, patients should practice good oral hygiene, eat a balanced diet, and attend regularly scheduled dental appointments. Contact our dental office and learn how you can achieve healthy gums for optimal oral health.