Do you worry about the condition of your teeth?
Our goal at Garden Springs Dental is to do everything possible to protect your family’s oral health. Healthy gums are literally the foundation for healthy teeth, and so we offer cleanings and exams to prevent problems like periodontal disease.
But even with the most conscientious oral hygiene, you can still develop gum disease. If you do, we also offer therapies that will get your oral health back on track.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, tissue, and ligaments that hold your teeth in place. The American Academy of Periodontology estimates that nearly half of all Americans between the ages of 20 and 50 have some degree of periodontal infection.
Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar are not thoroughly removed from your teeth during your at-home oral hygiene routine. Plaque produces toxins that irritate sensitive gum tissue, causing gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, indicated by bleeding, swelling, or tender gums.
Gingivitis is usually reversible with professional dental cleanings and improved oral hygiene because it hasn’t damaged the bone and ligaments that surround the tooth.
Without treatment, however, gingivitis leads to periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. Periodontitis attacks the gum and the bones that support your teeth. If we don’t remove the infection with a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing, you will ultimately lose the tooth.
Scaling and root planing is a procedure performed by one of our experienced dental hygienists using specially designed professional instruments. The purpose of scaling is to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and below the gumline.
Root planing smooths the root surfaces of the teeth, which eliminates rough areas where bacteria can linger and cause gum disease. Our hygienists are very skilled and gentle, but we will numb your mouth to ensure that you are completely comfortable during the procedure.
It’s important to note that gum disease is so prevalent because many people either don’t notice or don’t have any symptoms. We stress the need for diligent oral hygiene and routine preventive cleanings because it’s much easier to have your teeth cleaned twice a year professionally than to deal with a periodontal infection.
There’s another good reason to prevent gum disease from developing. Research shows that gum disease is associated with other chronic inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
As serious as gum disease is, it’s good to remember that it is highly preventable. With conscientious oral hygiene, a nutritious diet, and routine dental cleanings, you may never have to worry about gum disease.
The worst thing you can do is put off dental appointments because you are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth. We aren’t here to judge or lecture you about what you have done in the past. We are just happy to have the opportunity to support you in taking steps to enjoy a healthier smile.
We are open until 6 PM Monday through Friday, so you don’t have to worry about missing time from work or school. If it’s time for your next dental cleaning, please call our Lexington, KY dental office to arrange a convenient appointment.