Fight against gum disease with regular checkups. Get on top of your periodontal care by visiting Firefly Family Dentistry in Wauwatosa—call today!
Oral health is incomplete without proper periodontal care for your gums and their health. Gum disease affects nearly 75% of Americans in their lifetimes, and without routine dental visits, it is almost impossible for individuals to see it coming. At Firefly Family Dentistry in Wauwatosa, WI, we prioritize periodontal care, as we know it’s paramount to ensure a healthy mouth and smile for years to come.
Keeping up with a thorough brushing and flossing routine at home can significantly reduce your chances of developing advanced periodontitis. Still, Dr. Matthew Sandberg, DMD, offers comprehensive periodontitis treatment when problems arise. Come in for an exam and deep cleaning today to keep your gums and teeth healthy.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Also known as gum disease, this condition results from a bacterial inflammation of the gums. We classify it as gingivitis in its earliest stages, which can develop into periodontitis when left untreated. We refer to the most developed and damaging stage as advanced periodontitis.
At Firefly Family Dentistry, we treat patients at all stages of the disease, ideally catching it in the gingivitis stage and working to prevent further damage from occurring. If we determine that advanced care is necessary, we can discuss periodontal care regimens and periodontal therapy with you.
How to Prevent Periodontitis
Practicing good oral hygiene, brushing, and flossing daily will give you a good start. Likewise, it’s integral that you schedule regular cleanings, as there’s only so much you and the bristles on a toothbrush can do at home.
We recommend that our patients come in once every six months for cleanings and dental exams. These visits are the only opportunities for Dr. Sandberg to evaluate your gums to determine if you’re at serious risk for periodontal disease.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment for periodontal care immediately, as the more quickly you act, the easier time Dr. Sandberg will have preserved your mouth’s oral hygiene. Some of the warning signs include:
- Red, swollen, and bleeding gums
- Receding gums, which may make your teeth appear longer
- Gums peeling away from adjacent teeth
- Continuous bad breath accompanied by an unpleasant taste in your mouth
Periodontal Care Options
Depending on the severity of your condition, we’ll recommend scaling and root planing. With scaling, Dr. Sandberg uses cutting-edge technology to remove bacteria along and beneath your gum line. Root planing is when we smooth the rough spots on the roots of your teeth, making it more difficult for bacteria and plaque to cement themselves there.
Together, these techniques are called “deep cleaning.”
Learn More By Reaching Out to Our Team at Firefly Family Dentistry Today!
The worst thing you can do for your periodontal care is wait to get your issue treated. We strongly recommend that you reach out to our practice when you notice a problem so that your mouth will have a better chance at a smooth recovery process.
Give us at Firefly Family Dental a call today at (414) 258-8190 or book an appointment using our online scheduling tool.