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Periodontal Treatment in Baltimore

Gum Disease Treatment in Baltimore

Baltimore Dental Care

Baltimore Dental Care

At Quest Dental, our take is that comprehensive oral health means looking after both your teeth and your gums. After all, if your gums become diseased and unhealthy, it will eventually affect your teeth too. That’s why our periodontal treatment in Baltimore is focused on prevention as well as early detection and prompt treatment.

 

The best way to keep your gums strong and healthy is by following sound strategies at home and in your daily routines. Brushing and flossing daily is essential. Ideally, you should be doing so after every meal, but at least twice per day. That will serve to remove the majority of the plaque and food remnants that get between your teeth and gums and in your gum pockets, causing irritation and leading to gingivitis, which is the early stage of periodontal disease. Plaque that does not get removed may turn into a hardened form called tartar. Once tartar sets in, it can only be removed with a thorough, professional cleaning. No matter how much attention you pay to your gums at home, though, our periodontal treatment in Baltimore is still essential, because food particles, plaque, and tartar that aren’t removed during the process of brushing and flossing can cause irritation, inflammation, and eventually even infection of your gums.

 

During your regular exam at our office, your gums will be checked for any sign of periodontal disease. If gingivitis is detected, it can usually be reversed with a dental cleaning or possibly two. This will eradicate the culprits causing the problem and start your gums back on the road to optimal health. However, if gingivitis is not addressed in a timely fashion, infection and loss of gum tissue, bone tissues, and even teeth can transpire. If your gums become weakened, they cease to be a solid foundation for holding in your teeth. This could mean teeth that become loose or possibly fall out. Before things reach that point, though, our periodontal treatment in Baltimore would focus on a more extensive cleaning called scaling and root planing. This requires getting deep into the roots to get at the food particles, plaque, tartar, and bacteria.

Gum Disease Baltimore
1000 East Eager Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 774-5377

 

 

 

General Dentist East Baltimore

General Dentist East Baltimore

The more you know about gum disease, the better position you will be in to defeat it and prevent it from causing you problems. Quest Dental is your partner in the fight against gum disease and our East Baltimore general dentist has the strategies to keep your mouth healthy and your gums strong.

East Baltimore Dental office

East Baltimore Dental office

The causes of gum disease are generally the combination of inattentive dental habits along with the effects of plaque and tartar on your teeth and gums. Food particles left between your teeth can get lodged between your teeth and gums. Plaque forms and its more stubborn relative, tartar, can follow. Feeding on the bacteria that result from the food particles, this plaque and tartar begins to cause problems in your gums. Symptoms of gum disease include consistently bad breath or having a bad taste in your mouth, gums that are red or tender or swollen, bleeding gums while brushing your teeth, loose or shifting teeth, and receding gums. If you notice any of these signs then you should call us and schedule an appointment with our East Baltimore general dentist. But gum disease is sneaky and may be progressing without any obvious symptoms either. Regular checkups are vital to maintaining your gum health.

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. At this point, your gums are inflamed but the problem can often be corrected with a simple periodontal cleaning or two. When gingivitis is not addressed, though, it can progress to periodontitis. This is typically marked by infections and the need for treatment becomes essential. Loss of gum tissue, bone, and teeth is a distinct possibility if action is not taken. Typically, more advanced treatments are necessary at this stage. Scaling and root planing, which is a deeper and more invasive cleaning where our East Baltimore general dentist uses hand scraping and ultrasonic tools to get down to the roots and clean out the offending debris, plaque, and tartar. Sometimes, gum disease becomes severe enough to require surgery.

In order to prevent gum disease, it is recommended that you brush and floss your teeth daily (preferably twice) and eat a healthy diet. Also, a twice yearly visit to our East Baltimore general dentist for an exam, x-rays, and cleaning will go a long way toward keeping gum disease from forming or catching it early when the treatment is simplest and least difficult on you.

Gum Disease Prevention East Baltimore
1000 East Eager Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 774-5377