Preventive and Therapeutic Dental Health Services
At Ranieu Family Dental, we believe in equipping our patients and their families with the preventive measures and information they need to avoid problems like cavities or gum disease.
The health of your gums plays a vital role in the longevity of your smile. Without it, teeth can fall victim to loss of gingival or bone support, eventually becoming mobile or even falling out.
Periodontal Disease Screenings
During your first visit, we will conduct a thorough assessment of your gum health and bone levels. As our hygienist measures these areas, you will likely hear her call out a series of numbers, such as “3, 2, 3…” or “5, 3, 6…” as six locations are recorded per tooth. The depth of each “gum pocket” around your tooth determines whether or not any detachment has occurred.
Healthy gums will have a reading of 3mm or less. Pockets deeper than this indicate that some level of tissue detachment has occurred, making it impossible to clean with a typical brushing and flossing routine. We will also use digital x-rays to view the extent of bone loss, if any. This detachment is caused by the accumulation of plaque biofilm in hard-to-clean areas.
You might suspect that a gum infection is present if you are experiencing symptoms of:
- Chronic bad breath
- A foul taste in your mouth or around certain teeth
- “Long” teeth (gum recession)
- Visible tartar buildup across your smile
- Gums that are red, swollen, or bleed easily
- Teeth that are mobile when pressed against
- Food packing between your teeth or under the gums
Gum Infection Therapy
If periodontal (gum) disease is present, it is vital to begin treating the infection before it has a chance to advance. As we review your photographs and x-rays, you will have a chance to see exactly the areas that we need to treat.
When the infection is not very severe, we will recommend a traditional preventive cleaning and review your home hygiene techniques. However, moderate to severe disease will require a series of non-surgical scaling and root planing appointments to thoroughly remove all sources of the infection. Locally placed antibiotic capsules may also be recommended.
Our Vancouver dentist and hygienist will show you how to thoroughly maintain your oral health to prevent unwanted tooth loss. For individuals recovering from gum disease, we typically recommend a maintenance cleaning at least every three to four months.
The Risk to Your Body
Did you know that plaque biofilm found in gum disease can spread into your cardiovascular system? Scientific studies show that there is a direct correlation between the severity of periodontitis and health conditions like:
- Heart disease and stroke
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Premature labor
- Infertility in both men and women
The First Step to Prevention
For a healthy smile, we recommend scheduling a preventive cleaning at least every six months. Along with preventive therapies like oral hygiene education, dental sealants, and fluoride, we can help you preserve your smile before disease strikes.
Call today to schedule your next cleaning with our Vancouver family dentist. Be sure to ask about our Whitening for Life program! Se habla Español.