Preventative and Periodontal Treatment (Gum Disease)
According to the National Institute of Health, gum disease affects nearly half of all US adults, yet it’s completely preventable and treatable. Left untreated, however, it can lead to tooth loss and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia.
Peridontal Treatment in Ann Arbor
First, let’s define periodontal. “Peri” means around. “Odontal” means teeth. Combined, the word simply means around teeth. Therefore, periodontal refers to the gums and surrounding tissues.
The first step in periodontal disease prevention is to practice good oral hygiene habits. This includes twice daily brushing and flossing, and regular visits to your dentist for maintenance and removal of any plaque buildup. If plaque builds up, it then becomes tartar and can form below the gum line, causing inflammation and decay. If you're looking for treatment for gum disease in Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti, Dental House is here to help.
A normal cleaning (preventative treatment) should be scheduled twice per year to keep your gums and teeth healthy and free from tartar. In cases where buildup has occurred, a deep cleaning (periodontal therapy) may be necessary. The deep cleaning procedure is referred to as scaling or root planing. - LEARN MORE
Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatments for Your Gums
Nonsurgical treatments such as scaling, root planing, and tray therapy are less invasive and more cost-effective. They’re usually the first method a dentist will consider. Cases of advanced gum disease may require a surgical treatment like laser gum surgery.