Periodontal Preventive Care

A Spotlight on Periodontal Care and Your Health

Periodontal Disease Preventive Care at Smile Design Team in Dedham, MA

At Smile Design Team, we emphasize the importance of preventive care in combating periodontal (gum) disease, one of the most common dental problems that can affect overall health. Our Dedham, MA practice offers a range of services and treatments designed to prevent the onset and progression of periodontal disease.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, involves inflammation and infection of the gums and can affect the bone that supports your teeth. Without treatment, it can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and has been linked to broader health issues like heart disease and diabetes.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Preventing periodontal disease involves regular dental check-ups and adopting a thorough oral hygiene routine. Here’s how we help our patients prevent gum disease:

  1. Regular Dental Cleanings and Check-Ups: Professional cleanings at Smile Design Team are essential to remove plaque and tartar that brushing and flossing can miss. We recommend visiting every six months or more frequently if you are at higher risk for periodontal disease.
  2. Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation (CPE): During your visit, we perform a CPE to assess the health of your gums, check for any signs of inflammation, measure the depth of your gum pockets, and look for any signs of gum recession.
  3. Patient Education: We educate our patients on the importance of good oral hygiene, which includes proper brushing, flossing techniques, and the use of other tools like interdental brushes and mouthwash to reduce plaque.
  4. Risk Factor Identification: We discuss risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, genetics, stress, and certain medications that can contribute to gum disease, providing personalized advice on how to manage these risks.
  5. Nutritional Counseling: Proper nutrition plays a role in maintaining healthy gums. We provide guidance on foods that can help you maintain good oral health and those to avoid.
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Treatment of Early Signs of Periodontal Disease

If signs of gum disease are detected early, we offer treatments that can reverse or significantly halt the progression:

  • Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning): This is a deeper cleaning that goes below the gumline to remove plaque and tartar from tooth roots and helps gums heal and reattach firmly to the teeth.
  • Antimicrobial Treatments: These include topical antiseptics or antibiotics that can help control bacterial growth and reduce the size of periodontal pockets.

Advanced Care for Periodontal Disease

For patients showing more advanced signs of gum disease, we offer comprehensive treatments:

  • Flap Surgery/Pocket Reduction Surgery: To restore periodontal health by removing tartar from deep pockets around the teeth and reducing these pockets to make oral hygiene more effective.
  • Bone and Tissue Grafts: To encourage regeneration of bone and gum tissue lost due to periodontitis.

Why Choose Smile Design Team for Preventive Care?

  • Expertise and Experience: Our team is highly trained in preventive care and the latest treatments for periodontal disease.
  • Personalized Care Plans: We create customized care plans based on your unique oral health needs and risk factors.
  • Advanced Technology: We use state-of-the-art dental technology to diagnose and treat all stages of gum disease.
  • Supportive and Educational: We believe in educating our patients and providing them with the tools they need to maintain good oral health.

Maintaining Your Oral Health

Here are some tips to help maintain good oral health and prevent periodontal disease:

  • Brush and Floss Regularly: Brush at least twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque.
  • Use Therapeutic Mouthwash: A mouthwash can help reduce plaque and remove remaining food particles.
  • Quit Smoking: Smoking is a significant risk factor for developing gum disease. Quitting can help improve your oral health.
  • Eat a Balanced Diet: Eating a balanced diet ensures you get the necessary nutrients to support gum health.

Other Services at Smile Design Team

We offer a variety of services to help improve your oral health:

  • Dental Implants: For replacing missing teeth and restoring functionality.
  • Cosmetic Bonding: To repair chips and cracks and improve tooth appearance.
  • Invisalign: For straightening teeth using clear aligners.
  • Teeth Whitening: To brighten your smile effectively and safely.
  • Porcelain Veneers: For transforming your smile with custom veneers.
  • Porcelain Crowns: To restore and enhance damaged teeth.
  • White Fillings: To replace old fillings with a more aesthetic option.
  • Dental Bridges: To close gaps from missing teeth.
  • Root Canal Treatment: To preserve damaged teeth and maintain oral health.

Schedule Your Preventive Care Visit

Ready to take a proactive approach to your oral health? Contact Smile Design Team today to schedule your preventive care appointment. Let us help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come.

Prevent periodontal disease with expert care from Smile Design Team – where your oral health is our top priority!