Preventing and Treating Periodontal Disease

Of the many potential threats to your oral health, periodontal disease isn’t the most common. However, it is the most frequent reason behind adult tooth loss, and when left untreated, it can influence the state of your overall health. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a chronic condition that involves the increasing destruction of your periodontal tissues (gums). In severe cases, it can also erode the jawbone structure around your teeth roots, making tooth loss imminent. Fortunately, periodontal disease can be successfully prevented or managed with consistently good hygiene at home and professional preventive care at your dentist’s office.

Keep Your Smile Healthy and Natural

To protect your healthy, natural teeth and oral tissues, we can provide periodontal treatment and maintenance for patients with early-stage gum disease, also known as gingivitis. If your dentist notices redness, inflammation, and/or bleeding in your gums during your checkup, then she may suggest a deep periodontal cleaning (scaling and root planing). More complex than regular dental cleaning, scaling and root planing involves carefully removing bacteria from underneath your gums. This removes the cause of your gum infection and allows your healthy gum tissues to heal. If you exhibit more severe gum disease, then you may require specialized periodontal treatment to successfully manage it.

Better Protection Against Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is one of the most common and impactful threats to your oral health. However, with expert care, you have an excellent chance at protecting your smile from it. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Peddicord Family Dentistry in Ankeny, IA, today at (515) 963-3339. We also proudly serve patients of all ages from Bondurant, Polk City, Elkhart, Alleman, Cambridge, and all surrounding communities.