Gum disease is a common oral health problem, affecting nearly half of adults in the United States. At Alegria Dental Care in Vallejo, California, general family dentist Alegria Ledda, DMD, and her exceptional team offer comprehensive periodontal care to prevent or treat gum disease and keep your smile healthy. Call the office to learn more or book an appointment online today.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a common oral health problem that affects soft tissues that support your teeth. While common, gum disease is often preventable with good at-home oral hygiene habits and seeing your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and exams.
Common signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
Risk factors for gum disease include poor at-home oral hygiene, skipping routine dental visits, family history of gum disease, smoking, chewing tobacco, having a chronic disease, and taking certain medications.
At the first sign of gum disease or if you have risk factors associated with the disease, see the Alegria Dental Care team for an evaluation.
Periodontal care at Alegria Dental Care includes solutions that treat or reduce the risk of gum disease. Examples of treatments your dentist may recommend include:
Things you can do at home to maintain healthy teeth and gums include brushing your teeth after meals with fluoride toothpaste, flossing every day, using antibacterial mouthwash if your dentist recommends it, and not smoking.
Your dentist might prescribe oral or topical antibiotics to reduce bacteria in your mouth. They may suggest you try antibiotic mouth rinses, gels, or oral medicines to eliminate bacteria and treat gum disease.
Scaling is a dental procedure in which your specialist removes hard-to-reach bacteria and tartar from the surface of teeth and beneath your gum line. They might use specialized dental tools, ultrasonic devices, or lasers.
During root planing, your dentist smooths the surface of tooth roots to reduce future tartar buildup and eliminate bacteria linked with gum disease.
In some cases, dental surgery is the best way to restore healthy gum tissue. Your dentist might recommend soft tissue grafts, bone grafting, pocket reduction surgery, tissue-stimulating proteins, or guided tissue regeneration to enhance the regrowth of tissues destroyed by periodontal disease.
To find out if you’re a candidate for periodontal care, your dentist reviews your oral health history, discusses your symptoms, and examines your teeth and gums.
They measure the pocket depth of your gum line and take dental X-rays if needed, before personalizing a periodontal care plan that’s right for you.
To schedule your next periodontal care visit at Alegria Dental Care, call the office or book an appointment online today.