Gum Disease & Bad Breath
Though millions of individuals are affected by periodontal (gum) disease, many people are unaware of the significant health risks the condition can cause when not properly treated. Gum irritation may be just the beginning. As gum disease worsens, your risk for more serious conditions such as pneumonia, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease also increases. With the comprehensive range of gum disease treatments offered by our Victoria dentists, you can improve the wellness and appearance of your gums while minimizing the potential for related health conditions to develop.
Causes of Gum Disease
While the development of gum disease can not always be pinned down to a specific cause, there are a variety of factors that can increase your risk for developing this common condition. Poor dental hygiene and a lack of proper routine dental care which can allow harmful plaque and bacteria to build up around the gum line are often thought to be leading causes of gum disease. However, additional risk factors may include:
- Tobacco use
- Poor Nutrition
- Hormonal changes
- Clenching or grinding the teeth
- Illnesses that negatively affect the immune system
- Certain prescription medications
By practicing good oral hygiene, visiting Moss Dental for routine oral exams and teeth cleanings, and minimizing these additional risk factors, you can help decrease your chance of developing gum disease.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing aim to remove etiologic agents that cause inflammation to the gingival (gum) tissue and surrounding bone. Common etiologic agents removed by this conventional periodontal therapy include dental plaque and tartar (calculus).
These non-surgical procedures which completely cleanse the periodontium, work very effectively for individuals suffering from gingivitis (mild gum inflammation) and moderate/severe periodontal disease.
Reasons for scaling and root planing
Scaling and root planing can be used both as a preventative measure and as a stand-alone treatment. These procedures are performed as a preventative measure for a periodontitis sufferer. Some of the reasons why scaling and root planing may be necessary include:
- Disease Prevention
- Tooth Protection
- Aesthetic Effects
- Fresher Breath
If you have any concerns or questions regarding our scaling and root planing treatment or periodontal disease, please contact Moss Dental today, and one of our friendly and informed staff will assist you.