Periodontal Disease Prevention

Let Us Help You Stop Gum Disease

While many people worry about dental damage from cavities, periodontal disease (gum disease) is actually a bigger problem for most adults. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people older than 35 lose more teeth to gum disease than to cavities.

This is why Dr. Walter Hadley and the rest of the Marineland Dental Care team is so diligent about gum disease prevention!

We check you for signs of gum disease during every dental exam in our Kennewick, WA dentist office. And we offer both in-office and at-home care to help keep your gum tissue and supporting structures in top condition.

To visit a dentist who is serious about gum disease prevention, call Marineland Dental Care at 509-591-0515.

Why Is Gum Disease So Dangerous?

Gum disease is caused when a sticky, bacteria-filled material called plaque forms in areas between your teeth and gums. In the earliest stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, your gums are often tender and may bleed easily. If we catch gum disease is this stage, we can often eliminate it with a thorough dental cleaning.

If gum disease progresses, though, gum tissue separates from your teeth and forms “pockets” where even more bacteria accumulates. Infection sets in and attacks the tissue and bone surrounding your teeth, which can lead to tooth loss.

At this stage, we’ll perform a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing that focuses on removing plaque from beneath your gumline.

Benefits Of Preventing Gum Disease

One of the biggest benefits of preventing gum disease is reducing your risk of overall oral health problems and even general health problems.

  • You’ll be more likely to keep your teeth. In advanced stages, gum disease attacks the bone surrounding your teeth, causing you to lose teeth. Aside from the obvious consequences of missing teeth, this can lead to nutritional deficiencies.
  • You may enjoy better overall health. Research has linked gum disease to increased risk of heart and respiratory ailments.

How To Prevent Gum Disease

The good news is, good oral hygiene goes a long way toward preventing gum disease. Our team educates you on all aspects of at-home oral care, including:

  • Proper nutrition
  • Brushing and flossing techniques
  • Products that may be useful in fighting gum disease

We may also suggest more frequent dental cleanings in our Kennewick, WA dentist office or treatments such as applications of fluoride.

To learn more about gum disease and how to prevent it, call Marineland Dental Care at 509-591-0515. You can also use our online form to make an appointment at our office.

Dr Walter Hadley on Periodontal Disease Prevention – Marineland Dental Care, Kennewick, WA

We almost don’t like to tell the general public the real in depth story about periodontal disease and that is actually periodontal disease is a bacteria operating on about a 30 day cycle and a 30 hour cycle. Bacterial plaque don’t really get organized and do much damage for about 30 hours, but now most of us aren’t going to brush and floss our teeth on a 30 hour cycle, we do it to be socially acceptable more often than that. If you totally clean your teeth really, really well once a day you probably are going to prevent most periodontal disease but the teeth have to be cleaned of the stuff that’s on them by a hygienist to get you to that ground zero.

At about 30 days the colony has organized so well at the bottom of these pockets that it organizes into the spirochetes and some really nasty critters that take actually a while for them to organize. They’re the ones that do the real damage to periodontal disease. If you’ve got deep pockets you’ve got to come in to a hygienist once in a while to have those things cleaned out because you can’t get to the bottom of the pocket and at 30 days it’s starting to be bad stuff in there again.

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