Periodontal care is important if you want to avoid advanced gum disease that can lead to serious physical illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory issues. At McDonald DDS, we offer top quality periodontal care to help you keep your oral health in optimal condition.
The Different Types of Periodontal Care
At our office, we offer a variety of methods of periodontal care. At each dental exam or cleaning, our hygienists and dentists thoroughly examine your gums. We measure the periodontal pockets to ensure that they are less than 3 mm. If we find pockets deeper than 3 mm, we may have to move forward with different types of periodontal care to get your gum disease under control.
If you have deep periodontal pockets, we may suggest a deep cleaning called a scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning gets underneath the gumline to eliminate the plaque and tartar build-up in that area. Our dentists also clean the roots, smoothing out the inflammation to help your gums heal from the disease. We can perform the scaling and root planing all at once or in parts (one quadrant at each appointment).
If you need scaling and root planing, our dentists typically recommend a more frequent cleaning schedule. Rather than coming in every six months for your cleaning, we suggest a cleaning every three months or four times a year. This helps us stay on top of any new plaque or tartar build-up, getting it before it gets beneath your gumline. helps to reduce the risk of gum disease or the need for scaling and root planing in the future.
How You Can Help
You play an integral role in your periodontal care. It all starts with proper oral hygiene at home. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day helps eliminate the plaque and bacteria in your mouth. If you properly brush and floss your teeth, the plaque will not have a chance to turn into tartar or to get beneath the gumline. This reduces your risk of gum disease.
After we treat you for gum disease with a scaling and root planing procedure, it is important that you brush and floss frequently. We may also prescribe a prescription-strength mouthwash to help keep the bacteria out of your mouth. If you cannot brush your teeth right after eating, we suggest that you at least rinse your mouth out with water to remove any loose debris.
Most importantly, keep up your dental cleanings. Even if you think everything is fine and you show no signs of gum disease, let our expert dentists decide for you. Our cleanings are gentle and non-invasive. You do not have to worry about discomfort or pain – our dentists work with a level of gentles that puts everyone at ease. It is also equally important to get oral cancer screenings to have advanced knowledge of your overall oral health.
If you worry about your periodontal health, call McDonald DDS at (469) 649-0699 to schedule your appointment for our quality periodontal care. Ask us questions or make your next appointment. We look forward to serving you.