What is periodontal therapy, and what can it treat?
Periodontal therapy is a field of dentistry that focuses on the treatment of conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis. This condition often referred to as “gum disease,” is an infection that can start in the soft tissues and progress to the point that it damages the jawbone and causes teeth to become loose and missing. Dr. Sarah Keen and her team at The Dental Loft in Colorado Springs, Colorado, encourages patients to learn about the problems associated with these conditions and determine ways to protect their smile from irreversible damage.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is broken into two main stages, including gingivitis and periodontitis. These conditions can cause damage to the smile and are often caused by poor oral hygiene habits. Patients who have the following concerns may be diagnosed with either of these conditions:
- Red, swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Bleeding when brushing and flossing
- Loose or lost teeth
- Persistent bad breath
Can you cure gingivitis?
Yes, you can cure gingivitis, but it takes a little effort on your part. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gum tissues that is caused by plaque buildup. Plaque is a problematic, sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and gums. If not removed from the smile, plaque can harden into tartar, irritating and inflaming your gums.
The good news is that conditions like gingivitis are reversible and can be easily treated with good oral hygiene habits. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss daily to remove plaque. You might also need to use an antibacterial mouthwash to help kill the bacteria that cause plaque. If your gingivitis is severe, your dentist may recommend specific treatments to avoid progressing into periodontitis, a later stage of gum disease.
How do I learn more about managing periodontal disease?
Whether you want to find out what you can do to reverse it or are interested in ways to prevent it, the team at The Dental Loft in Colorado Springs, CO, can help. Call Dr. Sarah Keen and her team by calling (719) 749-7997 and scheduling an appointment at her office at 3582 Blue Horizon View, Suite #164. Her facility serves new and existing patients in and around the community and surrounding cities