How Do I Improve Periodontal Health?

While we often focus on teeth, the health of your gums is crucial for avoiding tooth loss, as well as sore or bleeding gums. In today’s blog, let’s look at what our Woodland Hills, CA, patients can do to maintain optimal periodontal health.

Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontal Health

Question: What causes poor periodontal health?

Answer: Our gums develop gingivitis and gum disease when they become inflamed, which eventually leads to the gingival tissue pulling away from the teeth and forming pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria invade these pockets, periodontal disease develops. The cause of inflammation may include poor oral hygiene, smoking, family history, chronic illnesses, or certain medications. If you notice your gums appear red, feel sore, or bleed easily, then you should see us for a diagnosis.

Question: Will brush and flossing protect my smile?

Answer: Yes! When we brush twice a day and floss each night before bed, we remove food particles that bacteria would otherwise break down. In the process of breaking down these particles, bacteria will cause plaque buildup to accumulate and inflame the gum tissue.

Question: Do I need a scaling and root planing?

Answer: Should you develop the warning signs of gingivitis or gum disease, we may need to perform a scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, the procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots with an ultrasonic scaler. The procedure may take between one and four visits, and helps protect the smile from serious periodontal problems.

Question: When do you recommend BIOLASE®?

Answer: For patients with more advanced cases of inflammation or gum disease, we may use a dental laser to remove infected gum tissue with precision. The procedure is comfortable and rarely requires anesthesia. The procedure also reduces the risk of infection and bleeding following the treatment.

Talk To Woodland Hills Dental Arts About Periodontal Health

Don’t let poor gum health lead to gaps in your smile. Schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA, today at (818) 347-5124. We also proudly work with patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all other surrounding areas.