Posts for: April, 2018
Practicing prevention, in the form of good oral hygiene habits and routine dental care, is one of the most important tools in the fight against tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss as you age. However, even with the best habits and regular visits to a dentist for checkups and professional cleanings, some people are naturally more prone to gum disease than others. Working with a periodontist to diagnose and manage your risk of developing periodontal disease is the best way to protect your teeth and gums throughout your lifetime. Riley Dental Associates, L.L.C. in Boston, MA, offer a number of non-surgical periodontal services to address periodontal problems and gum inflammation.
Periodontal Services and Treatments in Boston, MA
The American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend scheduling an appointment for a dental exam and professional cleaning every six months to maintain your oral health, and to help diagnose issues before they can progress and put your oral health at risk. There are a few stages of periodontal disease, ranging from mild (gingivitis), moderate to severe (periodontitis). Because gum disease is progressive and slowly gets worse over time without treatment, early diagnosis and intervention is essential.
Bacteria and plaque buildup are the leading culprits of gum inflammation. If your dentist determines that you have gingivitis, the most common symptom of which is bleeding and swollen, tender gums, you may need a deep cleaning that removes the plaque between your teeth and gums.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
If you are experiencing plaque and tartar buildup and the resulting gum inflammation, simply brushing and flossing at home will not be enough to reverse the damage and get your gums back in shape. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning dental treatment that removes buildup at the root and tooth's surface.
Find a Dentist in Boston, MA
For more information about periodontal services and preventive dental care, contact Riley Dental Associates, L.L.C. by calling (617) 723-4032 to schedule an appointment today.