Teeth cleaning and Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal or gum disease can affect anyone's smile and confidence.  Gum disease can range from gum bleeding to advanced stages where major damage can occur to tissues and bone surrounding teeth.  In most severe cases where the disease is left untreated, teeth may become loose and fall out.  Most common signs of periodontal disease include chronic bad breath, red or swollen gums, bleeding or tender gums, loose teeth, painful chewing, sensitive teeth, gum recession or longer appearing teeth. 

Periodontal treatments include scaling and root planning, medications, and periodontal surgeries.  These treatments are aimed to control the infection and cure periodontal disease at its source.  Fortunately, periodontal disease have been on the decline  due to increased oral health awareness and improved treatments and research.  In addition, a vital part of ensuring good oral health is through regular maintenance care.  If it has been more than 6 months since your last dental visit, then now is a good time to schedule your next appointment.  Through regular exams and cleanings, potential problems could be detected early to avoid more invasive and costly treatments in the future. 

The following are general tips to help keep your teeth and gums health in between regular visits:

  •  Brush (for 2 minutes) and floss after every meal.  At a minimum, brush and floss at least twice (morning and bedtime) per day with fluoridated toothpaste.  
  •  Avoid smoking or tobacco chewing
  •  Swollen, bleeding, and irritating gums are signs of unhealthy or dirty gums.  Brush and floss more regularly at affected area and contact your dentist if problem persists.