Gum health and periodontal therapy discussed by Columbus area dentistDr. Joseph A. Narde, DDS of Willow Point Dental in Columbus, GA, understands the health benefits of proper gum care. Keeping the teeth and gums in prime condition reduces the risk of other diseases such as diabetes, dementia, and heart disease. Oral health can be positively impacted with good oral hygiene practices. Dr. Narde has some basic recommendations that he makes to his patients.
Proper brushing and flossing practices always seem to be emphasized in dental care, but it is because they are truly the basis for healthy teeth and gums. Patients can contribute to their health by maintaining effective oral hygiene practices. When a patient experiences early signs of periodontal disease, attention to these areas will be the first recommendations to provide the most beneficial results. Due to the extra boost they provide, Dr. Narde also recommends and sells electronic Sonicare and Oral-B toothbrushes and Waterpik for water flossing.
Regular visits to the dental office will allow gum health to be monitored professionally. Markers that are noted during an examination include any bleeding, gum recession, depth of gum pockets, and any secondary factors that may contribute to deterioration of gum health, such as smoking or diabetes. If conditions develop, periodontal treatment will be discussed with the patient so that proper health can be restored. Postponement or avoidance of this treatment will only lead to more problems, discomfort, and eventually, possible tooth loss.
Periodontal treatments for more advanced cases include scaling and root planing. Local anesthetics ensure patient comfort while the hygienist removes debris from root surfaces and cleans gum pockets. This treatment can help avoid the need for invasive periodontal surgery to correct problems that occur when the condition is left untreated. Every effort is made to ensure patients have their dental health fully restored. Added measures used by Willow Point Dental include ozone therapy to eradicate the harmful bacteria associated with gum disease, and use of gel antibiotics in periodontal pockets to give a longer period of bacteria inhibition in gum areas. Patients also may be provided with products to take home and use to assist in gum health recovery.
Dr. Narde reminds patients that regularly scheduled visits will eliminate many potential problems before they can ever occur. Call our office now to schedule appointments for your family for examinations and cleanings. Our goal is a pleasant experience for every patient. With regular care and office visits, we help patients keep their mouth healthy to begin with rather than having to restore health.
Dr. Joseph A Narde of Willow Point Dental gives instructions to maintain gum health and describes periodontal treatments available for cases of gum disease.