What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a form of gum disease that destroys the bone and damages the soft tissue around your teeth. Periodontitis, or periodontal disease, is typically caused by poor dental hygiene and is largely preventable by regular brushing, flossing and dental care.
Common symptoms of gum disease include swollen gums, gum recession, bad breath, bleeding while brushing or flossing, and pus buildup between the teeth and gums. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office today for prompt periodontal treatment.
Regular Periodontal Therapy Saves Smiles
Protecting your periodontal health is important for preserving your teeth and preventing the progression of gum disease. If allowed to grow out of control, harmful oral bacteria can even affect your systemic health. At 5 Mile Smiles, options for prevention and gum disease treatment in Spokane include:
- Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. Keefe performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key for patients concerned with gingivitis.
- We also offer Root Surface Debridement (RSD), a procedure for cleaning the root surface of the tooth. Over time, calcified deposits in your gum pockets can make the surface of your tooth rough and difficult to keep clean. Dr. Keefe uses root surface debridement to remove these deposits and slow the progression of gum disease.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
We strongly recommend all patients with active gum disease come in for deep cleanings every 3 months, but case management is highly individualized. If you would like to learn more about gum disease, schedule a consultation with Dr Jason Keefe today. Contact 5 Mile Smiles in Spokane, Washington to schedule your personal periodontal evaluation and cleaning today.
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