Prevention and Treatment
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums can become swollen and red, and they may bleed. In its more serious form, called periodontitis, the gums can pull away from the tooth, bone can be lost, and the teeth may loosen or even fall out. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons which irritate the gums. They may cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. Bacteria in the mouth infect tissue surrounding the tooth, causing inflammation around the tooth leading to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is usually not painful, and therefore may easily go undetected. This disease damages the teeth, gum, and jawbone of more than 80% of Americans by the age 45.
Dr. Batista will examine your gums and determine if you suffer from this disease. If caught on time, and treated adequately, this disease can be stopped, and you will keep your teeth for life. Treatment include gentle deep cleaning of the tooth root surfaces below the gums, medications prescribed to take by mouth or antibiotics placed in your gums. At our office, we provide you with the resources to stop your gum disease from progressing.
To help prevent or control periodontal diseases, it is important to:
Brush and floss every day to remove the bacteria that cause gum disease.
Come visit us at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings, or more frequently if you have any of the warning signs or risk factors mentioned above.
Deep Cleanings: Deep cleaning gum therapy means removing the tartar and plaque from the surfaces of the teeth down to the base of the gum pocket with the use of an instrument known as a small scaler or an ultrasonic cleaner. Root planing, which is done after scaling, removes remaining tartar and reduces any roughness at the root surfaces for a smooth appearance. At Batista Family Dental, we use the best desensitizing gels to perform deep cleanings, and gentle and minimal local anesthesia to ensure the patient is comfortable during and after the gum therapy.