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How periodontal care from your Honeoye Falls and Mendon dentist can help you
Everyone knows teeth are important, but your gums are important too! Your gums and supporting bone are what hold your teeth in place. Without adequate support, your teeth can become loose, and even fall out. Your gums, the ligaments around your teeth, and the supporting bone are known as the periodontium. Periodontal care refers to what you need to do to take care of the support for your teeth.
Dr. Carl Murano at HFL Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY wants to share the facts about periodontal care. He proudly serves the residents of Honeoye Falls and Mendon and he can help you too.
Periodontal disease typically starts out as gum disease. There are a few important differences between gum disease and periodontal disease. Gum disease only affects your gums, and it is reversible by regular brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist and dental hygienist for an exam, x-rays and professional cleaning once or twice each year.
Periodontal disease affects your gums, but it also affects your supporting bone and ligaments that hold your teeth in place. Unlike gum disease, periodontal disease cannot be reversed; it can only be managed.
Both gum and periodontal disease are caused by harmful bacteria in the plaque attached to your teeth. These bacteria produce toxins that inflame and infect the hard and soft tissues in your mouth. That’s why thorough plaque removal with regular brushing and flossing are so important in preventing gum and periodontal disease.
When you visit Dr. Murano, he will perform a thorough periodontal examination as part of your dental exam. Using x-rays, he will be able to assess if you have lost any bone due to periodontal disease. He will also measure the level of soft tissue attachment to your teeth. Both of these diagnostic tools will help determine what level of periodontal care you need.
Typically, patients with periodontal disease will need more extensive dental cleanings, due to the presence of deep pocket areas of soft tissue surrounding your teeth. These deep pockets are full of harmful bacteria and toxins. You may also have hard deposits, called calculus or tartar, attached to your teeth.
You may begin periodontal treatment with root planing, a process to remove hard and soft deposits and smooth the roots of your teeth. After root planing is complete, Dr. Murano may suggest more frequent cleaning intervals of every three months to every four months, depending on the level of disease.
To find out if you need periodontal care, call Dr. Murano, at HFL Dental, serving residents of Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY. Don’t wait, call today!
What your dentist in Mendon, New York wants you to know
You’ve probably heard about periodontal disease and you may be wondering if you are suffering from this condition. There are some definite signs and symptoms of periodontal disease that you shouldn’t ignore. Fortunately, there are also effective ways to prevent and treat periodontal disease.
Dr. Carl Murano at H-F-L Dental in Honeoye Falls, NY wants to share the facts about periodontal disease. He serves the residents of Honeoye Falls and Mendon, New York and he is here to help you with your dental needs.
Before you have periodontal disease, you have gum disease, which is an infection in your gums caused by bacterial toxins in the plaque that forms on your teeth. Fortunately, gum disease is reversible by practicing excellent brushing and flossing habits, and by seeing your dentist and hygienist for regular examinations including x-rays, and professional cleanings.
You may have gum disease if you notice:
- Swelling and redness in your gums
- Bleeding and pain in your gums
- Pain when you chew foods
If your gum disease goes untreated, the bone supporting your teeth becomes infected and bone destruction begins. You start losing the bone support around your teeth and now you have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease requires more aggressive treatment, and you should be brushing after meals and before bed, and flossing daily.
You can identify periodontal disease by these common symptoms:
- Tooth and root sensitivity
- Receding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Teeth which feel like they are moving out of position
If you have periodontal disease, don’t ignore the symptoms or you could lose teeth! Dr. Murano has a comprehensive program to get your periodontal disease under control and get you back to health.
Periodontal therapy typically means an initial deep cleaning to rid your mouth of hard and soft deposits that can harbor bacteria. This is followed by more regular cleanings at three or four month intervals. During your periodontal therapy appointments, you will be carefully monitored to ensure an excellent outcome.
Don’t ignore the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease; get some help from an expert instead! Call Dr. Carl Murano at H-F-L Dental serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY. Find out more by calling today!