Periodontal Health: Preventing and Managing Gum Disease

The Dental Anesthesia Center specializes in comprehensive dental care, preventing and managing gum disease.

Periodontal disease is a common yet preventable condition that can seriously affect oral and overall health. At The Dental Anesthesia Center, we understand the importance of periodontal health. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the knowledge and care to prevent and manage gum disease.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, such as swollen, red, or bleeding gums, contact The Dental Anesthesia Center.

Understanding Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is caused by the accumulation of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. If not removed through daily brushing and flossing, plaque can harden into tartar, further exacerbating gum disease.

Stages of Gum Disease

  • Gingivitis: The earliest stage, characterized by red, swollen gums that may bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible with proper dental care.
  • Periodontitis: Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, where the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that can become infected. This can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems.

Preventing Gum Disease

Prevention is vital when it comes to periodontal health. The Dental Anesthesia Center recommends the following practices to prevent gum disease:

  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams allows for early detection and treatment of gum disease.
  • Proper Oral Hygiene: Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash can help prevent plaque buildup.
  • Healthy Lifestyle: Eating a balanced diet and avoiding tobacco use contribute to healthier gums.

Managing Gum Disease

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, The Dental Anesthesia Center offers several treatments and practices to manage the condition and prevent further damage:

  • Deep Cleaning: Also known as scaling and root planing, this procedure involves cleaning below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar buildup.
  • Medications: Antibiotics and antimicrobial mouthwashes may be prescribed to help control infection and inflammation.
  • Advanced Treatments: Surgical treatments such as flap surgery or bone and tissue grafts may be necessary for more severe cases to restore periodontal health.

Comprehensive Dental Care St. Louis

At The Dental Anesthesia Center, we specialize in providing comprehensive dental care, including preventing and managing gum disease. Our team is experienced in treating patients who require sleep through anesthesia, making us uniquely qualified to care for those with special needs or dental anxieties.

We understand the importance of maintaining periodontal health for overall well-being and are committed to offering our patients the highest standard of care. Whether you need routine preventive care or more advanced treatments for gum disease, The Dental Anesthesia Center is here to support you.

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The only board-certified dental anesthesiologist in Missouri, including St. Louis.

Updated: April 1, 2024

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