When watching television, you may have seen many commercials for toothpastes and other oral health products that can help patients avoid the development of gingivitis and periodontal disease. But what are these conditions? Why are they harmful to the smile? These are some of the questions patients have when they visit our team at Foster Dental Care. Blue Springs, MO area patients are welcome to learn more about gum disease treatments and services at our facility.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” is an oral infection. It often results from poor oral health habits which allow bacteria to spread throughout the smile. First, it affects the gums and soft tissues, causing them to shrink and pull away from the teeth. Then, bacteria becomes trapped in these pockets and continues to thrive, resulting in the loss of gums, bone, and even teeth. If patients catch the condition at the earliest stage, known as gingivitis, they can significantly increase their chances of restoring their smile’s health. However, later stages of periodontal disease are uncurable, which makes avoidance and proper oral health habits vital to maintaining the smile.
What treatments are available for gum disease?
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you may be advised to consider any of the following combination of treatments:
- Education on oral health habits, including proper brushing and flossing techniques
- The use of prescription-strength toothpastes or mouthwashes
- A deep cleaning of the teeth and gums, known as scaling and root planing
- Antibiotics to help control the infection and reduce spread and damage
Learn more about how to maintain good gum health
Drs. Alan Foster, Rebecca Spencer, and Niki McDaniel of Foster Dental Care in Blue Springs, MO are excited to work with patients in restoring their oral health and wellness with the assistance of our team. If you are ready to speak to us about the risks of periodontal disease, call us at (816) 227-6588 for your first evaluation. With a proper diagnosis and effective treatment, many patients are able to address the conditions that can impact the health of their smiles and find solutions that work! We are located at 2150 NW S Outer Road and accept new patients and families in the community and surrounding cities.