Periodontal (Gum) Treatments
Gum disease progresses painlessly and silently, which is why many patients are unaware that it even exists. In the early stages, called gingivitis, it may include bleeding when you brush or floss, inflammation and redness.
As it progresses, foul breath (halitosis), pus at the gumline, and tooth mobility indicate the presence of periodontitis – an advanced form of gum disease.
Because periodontal health is such a foundational part of your overall health, you will always receive a periodontal evaluation when you come in for your check-up and clean. Our dentist will examine the gums and make a note of any signs of pockets between the teeth and gums along with any areas of recession, where the gums have pulled away.
Gentle Periodontal Treatment
Early gum disease is often reversible with improved home care and a dental cleaning designed to promote healing. Even if it has been a while since your last dental clean, you can count on a smooth, fresh smile when you leave the practice.
We will discuss the frequency of your cleaning schedule and adjust it accordingly when we see how your body responds to treatment. For some patients, twice-yearly visits are enough while others might require more to prevent infection.
Advanced gum disease requires regular management with maintenance cleanings to prevent it from progressing and putting your health at risk. Once a patient has gum disease, it is more likely to develop again in the future. With your diligent care at home and our professional expertise, you can enjoy a healthy smile and fresh breath.
A thorough dental cleaning to remove bacteria and tartar from teeth and roots will help tissue heal and improve comfort. Depending on the severity of the infection, more than one visit might be needed. We will be happy to discuss all of the details at your dental appointment so you have the information you need to make an excellent decision.
Your Gum Health Impacts Your Overall Health
You may have seen the latest news that links gum disease with overall health. With each passing year, researchers discover more about the mouth-body connection. Periodontal disease has been linked to a number of conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Premature and low birth weight babies
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Respiratory illnesses
- Cancer (especially gall bladder and esophageal cancer)
Taking care of your gums can mean improved overall health and an improved quality of life where you enjoy eating the foods you love, smiling confidently and cleaning your teeth comfortably.
Are You Ready for a Healthy Smile?
We welcome you to get in touch with Beale & Cullen Dental, conveniently located in Christchurch. Even if it has been too long since your last dental visit, you can count on being treated with kindness and understanding. We are committed to helping you regain a healthy smile.