Periodontal disease creates a variety of risks for your oral and overall health, and it might be more common than you’d expect. Nearly half of American adults over 30 have some form of the disease, ranging from minor gingivitis to more severe versions of periodontitis. Periodontal disease is not just dangerous for your oral health; research shows that the disease can affect you systemically as well, adding risk factors to your heart health and cardiovascular system, among other parts of your body.
At the practice of Robert Rosenfeld DDS, we’re proud to provide a non-surgical periodontal disease treatment for patients around Solana Beach, CA. Dr. Rosenfeld and his experienced team can diagnose and treat gum disease before it escalates into more severe versions of periodontitis, thus preventing severe repercussions like gum decay and tooth loss. Keep reading to learn more about periodontal disease, and how it can be treated non-surgically.
Periodontal Disease Symptoms
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect the gums and the bone surrounding your teeth. When left untreated, the disease can lead to gum recession and tooth loss. Gum disease can manifest when plaque-hungry bacteria permeates the gum line around or between teeth.
One of the tricky aspects of gum disease is that, in its early stages, it can be hard to identify. The most common early symptoms include mild swelling and redness, consistent bad breath, and excessive bleeding when you floss your teeth. Part of the importance of regular dental checkups and cleanings is that your dentist can identify early stages of periodontal disease, like gingivitis, before it escalates to things like gum recession and tooth loss.
Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment
Non-surgical periodontal disease treatment can be a great treatment option for those who catch the disease early on. This less invasive means of treatment is often enough to curb the development of early periodontal disease into full-on periodontitis. Common non-surgical treatments can include:
- Professional Cleaning: A professional cleaning can help clear the plaque and bacteria out of those hard-to-reach areas that you might miss during your own cleaning routine.
- Scaling: Scaling is a non-surgical deep cleaning that can be done with local anaesthetic to clean tartar off the teeth, above and below the gum line.
- Root Planing: Root planing is the act of smoothing out rough spots on the teeth, as they often serve as a place for plaque and bacteria to collect on your teeth.
Are You Due For a Cleaning?
You can prevent periodontal disease by seeking frequent professional cleanings. Call us today at 858-755-1189 to schedule a cleaning! You can also contact us here.