Achieving periodontal health is the foundation of a stunning smile!
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Periodontal health is achieved through periodontal therapy. Often referred to as a dental cleaning, periodontal treatment involves cleaning the teeth and sulcus (space around the tooth) to improve the tissues’ health surrounding and support the teeth (foundation or periodontium). This therapy, done by either a dentist or a registered dental hygienist, manages gingivitis and periodontitis.
Everyone at some time has experienced gingivitis. When plaque (bacteria) and its toxin by-products irritate the gums, some or all of the five cardinal signs of inflammation may be evident in the mouth:
- Loss of function
An individual may notice bleeding or redness, even some degree of pain, when brushing and flossing – possibly while eating. Besides possible trauma to the tissue, the next most likely cause of the inflammation is bacteria left near, on or under the gum tissue. Gingivitis can usually be resolved by removing the soft and hard debris with professional dental hygiene therapy and good homecare.
Gingivitis has the potential to develop into periodontal disease if not controlled. Periodontal disease can destroy:
- Gum tissue
- Supporting bone, and
- Periodontal ligaments
Plaque hardens into calculus (tartar), firmly attaching to the teeth, which can only be effectively removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. This calculus, rough and porous, is a perfect home for bacteria to proliferate. The body attempts to respond to this bacterial invasion by producing pus and enzymes that unfortunately destroy our bone. If pus is not able to drain, then a periodontal abscess can develop, also destroying bone. Ultimately, teeth will become very loose without treatment and maybe lost – the 5th cardinal sign of inflammation – loss of function and chewing function.
During a comprehensive periodontal examination, critical information, utilizing the following tools, is gathered to assess the health of the gums, bone, and periodontal ligaments:
- Periodontal probing (millimetre measurements around each tooth)
- Visual and palpable examination
- Dental radiographs (x-rays), and
- A medical health history
Individualized dental hygiene treatment recommendations are then determined.
Regular professional hygiene treatment, good home care, and a balanced diet help treat the inflammation associated with gingivitis and periodontitis. Current research also shows that the management of oral inflammation may help manage other chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and complications during pregnancy.
Everyone is unique. Each client at Kesteven Dental Care studio is treated as such. From the frequency and type of periodontal therapy to comfort and homecare recommendations, everything is based upon an individualized examination, your needs, wants, and preferences. Our team supports you through knowledge, treatment, and feedback. Achieving and maintaining periodontal health is a continuous process, and so is our support to our clients through this process.
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