Periodontal disease affects more than 50% of US adults over 30, and according to some research, that number increases to 80% at the age of 35. These startling statistics highlight the importance of protecting patients of Franklin Dental Center from this insidious oral health disease.
Commonly referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease has two main types: gingivitis and periodontitis. In the gingivitis stage, periodontal disease has few warning signs, and patients may be completely unaware there’s a problem. That’s why regular dental checkups are so important. Dr. Donna Franklin-Pitts will monitor your gum health during every appointment, and intervene at an early stage with more frequent professional teeth cleanings in order to renew oral health and prevent the advancement of gum disease to more severe periodontitis. At this stage, patients need more invasive treatments and may experience numerous adverse oral and overall health effects.
It’s important you let our team know right away if you experience any of the numerous indications that you have periodontitis, especially if you’ve suffered from gingivitis in the past. We should be able to diagnose these concerns at your six month checkup, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following warning signs of gum disease between appointments:
Our first step after a diagnosis for more advanced gum disease is to complete scaling and root planing. Scaling is a systematic cleaning of the tooth structures at and below the gum line to reduce irritation, inflammation, and other effects of gum disease. Next, we complete the root planing, in which we smooth the tooth’s roots to prevent the future buildup of plaque and tartar.
In addition to more frequent cleanings and scaling and root planing, we may use oral or topical antibiotic therapies to fully heal your periodontal infection. Antibiotics decrease the numbers of plaque-producing bacteria in the mouth, which further reduces the risk for continued advancement of periodontal disease.