What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease (also called gum disease) is a bacterial infection of the gums that develops when plaque and tartar accumulate along the gum line. This pushes the gums away from the teeth, creating pockets where harmful bacteria thrive.
Left unaddressed, periodontal disease can lead to painful and unpleasant oral symptoms in addition to loose teeth, tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and a whole host of systemic health problems like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
Periodontal disease is best avoided by practicing good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and visiting our dental clinic for professional teeth cleanings and checkups every six months.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
If you receive a periodontal disease diagnosis, there are steps we can take to control the infection and nurse your teeth and gums back to good health.
Periodontal disease treatments usually begin with a course of antibiotics in addition to a thorough scaling and polishing of your teeth or a deeper cleaning with a scaling and root planing treatment, if necessary. Additionally, we’ll recommend that you increase the frequency of your dental cleanings until the infection has cleared.
Between appointments, you must maintain superb oral hygiene habits by brushing and flossing regularly.
Boost Your Periodontal Disease Treatment With Perio Protect
For patients who are managing periodontal disease, we also usually recommend at-home treatment with Perio Protect’s Perio TrayTM treatment system. This system is uniquely designed to combine professional teeth cleanings with at-home treatment to more successfully address periodontal disease.
Perio Protect delivers medication below the gum line to combat the bacteria responsible for gum disease directly. With Perio Tray treatment, your antibacterial medication can reach places below your gum line and between your teeth that simply can’t be accessed with brushing and flossing alone.
How to Use Perio Protect at Home
To use Perio Protect, simply line your Perio Trays with the prescribed amount of bacteria-fighting medication, snap the trays over your teeth, and wear them for a few minutes each day between your professional dental cleanings.
The duration and number of applications prescribed for daily use varies based on the patient and the severity of each case of periodontal disease.
Learn More About Perio Protect at Eastgate Dental Excellence
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease and are struggling to combat the infection, we strongly encourage you to schedule a dental exam at Eastgate Dental Excellence. We’ll take a look at your teeth and gums and can recommend a personalized treatment plan customized to treat your specific case of gum disease.
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