If you find your gum tissues to be tender, exhibiting signs of redness, swelling or bleeding with ease, you may be experiencing periodontal disease, also commonly referred to as gum disease. This condition is caused by the presence of bacterial plaque that accumulates on your teeth. When left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to the unfortunate loss of teeth, as well as the deterioration of gum tissue and bone structure. While it is important to understand that gum disease cannot be completely eradicated, it can be managed effectively to safeguard your overall oral health. Our experienced dentist and team are equipped to provide specialized periodontal maintenance to address periodontal disease and mitigate its potentially severe consequences.
The core of periodontal maintenance revolves around regular visits to our dental office, typically scheduled at three-month intervals. During these sessions, our dentist will deliver comprehensive cleanings, targeting areas both above and below the gumline. This meticulous process effectively eliminates plaque, tartar (often referred to as dental calculus due to its hardened nature) and the harmful bacteria responsible for exacerbating the condition. Periodontal maintenance treatments are recommended at three-month intervals due to the fact that when biofilm is not promptly removed the disease-causing bacteria in your mouth will begin to flourish within a three to 12 week window. By administering a thorough cleaning every twelve weeks, or three months, we effectively eliminate these bacteria and maintain control over the progression of the disease.
Contact Gentle Smiles Dental today at 770-455-6602 to learn more about how periodontal maintenance in Atlanta, Georgia, can benefit you and schedule your appointment with Dr. Shelly Mixson. Your oral health is our priority, and we are here to assist you on your journey to optimal wellbeing.