Maintaining good dental hygiene habits isn’t just about keeping your teeth shiny and avoiding cavities—it’s also about protecting your gums. The same bacteria that can compromise your teeth can infect your gums, causing ongoing pain and embarrassment. What’s more, untreated gum disease, or periodontal disease, can lead to tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. It has even been shown to affect overall health outside of dental issues. The award-winning multispecialty team here at Dental Partners of Brookline includes a board-certified periodontist—a specialist in gum-related conditions. Board certification means a doctor has exceeded the mandatory education requirements of their specialty. Who better to diagnose and treat your gum disease?
Symptoms of Gum Disease
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms below, we encourage you to request a gum disease evaluation immediately. The sooner the condition is caught, the better the chance we’ll have of treating it. Watch for:
Inflamed, tender or bleeding gums
Persistent bad breath
Our Two-Part Gum Disease Treatment
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning treatment during which we clear bacteria and plaque from your teeth in a manner that reduces the chances of them returning. Scaling involves using fine instruments to eradicate bacteria and infection from between your gums and teeth. With root planing, we go farther down to eliminate plaque and tartar from your tooth roots. This includes smoothing down the roots to eliminate crevices where bacteria can hide and flourish. By performing scaling and root planing we can improve the health and appearance of your gums as well as freshen your breath!
After your initial gum disease treatment, keep your gums healthy through ongoing visits to our Brookline, MA office for periodontal maintenance. During these appointments we perform additional scaling and root planing to prevent gum disease from gaining a foothold again. When done in combination with good dental hygiene habits, periodontal maintenance is the best way to preserve your gum health after gum disease.
Dr. Boustani discusses how gum disease affects overall health
Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease
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Keep your gums healthy! Ask for an evaluation today.