Periodontal Maintenance: The Key to Better Oral Health
Maintaining good oral hygiene is necessary for good oral health and a confident smile. Patients often overlook periodontal maintenance, delay it, or don’t receive treatment as often as they should.
Fortunately, Dr. Graham T. Egger offers periodontal maintenance and can ensure you receive the care you need and keep you on track.
Understanding periodontal disease
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the gum tissue and, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and other health issues.
This condition begins with gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing. If not addressed, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, a more severe form known as gum disease that can damage the supporting bone structure.
We can either reverse it in the gingivitis stage or manage it once it becomes gum disease.
The importance of periodontal maintenance
Periodontal maintenance plays a pivotal role in preventing and managing gum disease. Here’s why:
Regular periodontal maintenance appointments are crucial for preventing the progression of gum disease. Dental professionals can identify and address issues early on, preventing further damage.
Untreated gum disease can result in tooth loss as the supporting bone deteriorates. Periodontal maintenance helps preserve your teeth by keeping your gums healthy and your bone structure intact.
Improving overall health
Gum disease can contribute to various systemic health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory problems. By managing gum disease, you can potentially reduce your risk of these conditions.
What does periodontal maintenance involve?
Periodontal maintenance involves a combination of professional dental care and at-home oral hygiene practices. Here’s what you can expect:
Regular dental checkups
Our dentist will schedule regular checkups, usually every three to four months. During these visits, they will perform a comprehensive examination of your gums, measure the depth of your gum pockets, and assess any changes in your oral health.
Professional dental cleanings are a vital component of periodontal maintenance. During these, our dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup, which regular brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Scaling and root planing
If your gum disease is more advanced, you may need scaling and root planing, a deeper cleaning procedure that removes bacteria around and under the gums and smooths the root surfaces to prevent further buildup.
Oral hygiene education
Your dental team will guide you on proper oral hygiene practices, including tips on brushing, flossing, and using antimicrobial rinses or toothpaste.
Our dental professional will monitor the progress of your gum disease treatment through regular maintenance visits. They may make adjustments to your periodontal therapy if necessary.
At-home periodontal maintenance
While professional care is needed, at-home periodontal maintenance is equally important. Here are some practices you can incorporate into your daily routine:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Be gentle to avoid irritating your gums.
Floss daily to remove food particles and plaque between your teeth and along the gumline.
Consider using an antimicrobial mouthwash recommended by your dentist to reduce bacteria in your mouth.
Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Avoid sugary snacks and beverages that can contribute to gum disease.
Regular professional care and consistent at-home oral hygiene practices can help prevent and manage gum disease, preserving teeth and supporting overall health.
Don’t hesitate to consult our dentist, Dr. Graham T. Egger, to develop a personalized periodontal maintenance plan that suits your unique needs.
Remember, a healthy smile begins with healthy gums, and periodontal maintenance is the key to achieving it!
Give us a call today to start the process. We’re also available by email!
Come visit us at our office in Colleyville, TX. We’re also convenient for those in Bedford, Hurst, Southlake, Euless, North Richland Hills, Keller, Grapevine, Watauga, Richland Hills, and Haltom City.