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Periodontal Care

Proper hygiene care and regular checkups are keys in maintaining healthy teeth and gum and avoiding periodontal disease, a common oral infection. Gum disease is a painless and slowly progressing disease that destroys the bony support of the teeth.

Brushing and flossing coupled with professional cleanings are the best ways to prevent gum diseases.

Our highly trained staff will review proper toothbrushing and flossing techniques to ensure that you are adequately removing plaque on your teeth.

We offer a proactive, comprehensive treatment plan that provides patients the best chance of treating periodontal conditions without surgery.

Periodontal Care | Peninsula Smiles | Dentist Menlo Park, CA

Scaling
Scaling is more intensive that the usual dental teeth cleaning that is performed only in a healthy mouth for primarily preventive purposes. Scaling removes plaque and tarter beneath the gum line.

Root Planing
Root Planing is the technique used to smooth root surfaces, remove bacterial plaque, biofilm calculus and diseased root surface so the supportive tissues can better attach to the tooth surface.

Antibiotic Therapy

The use of site specific antibiotics in areas of periodontal disease can be very useful

Arestin is an antibiotic containing Minocycline. It is placed directly into deep pockets around a tooth to help remove the bacterial microbes that contribute to periodontal disease.

A combined therapy of localized antibiotics in conjunction with scaling and root planning is more effective at fighting periodontal disease than simply scaling and root planing alone.

Periodontal (gum) disease is a chronic disease that can be treated with periodontal maintenance cleanings every 12-16 weeks.  A periodontal maintenance cleaning differs from a prophylaxis or regular dental cleaning because of the presence of deep periodontal pockets greater than or equal to 4mm in depth and the removal of bacterial plaque sub-gingivally (below the gum line).

Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease, when left untreated it becomes an infection which destroys the tissue surrounding the teeth, including the bone that holds your teeth in place. This destruction may result from inadequate home care and irregular dental visits.  It is an inflammatory process that begins with the build up of dental plaque, a biofilm or mass of bacteria, that normally occurs in the mouth.  However, when dental plaque is not adequately removed with brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings; the result is gingivitis, tartar build-up, deep pockets, the loss of bone, and eventually tooth loss.

Tooth loss is the most obvious indicator of periodontal (gum) disease. Regular dental cleanings and adequate home care can help prevent tooth loss resulting from periodontal disease.  Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, there is an inflammatory response that can affect your entire immune system and certain organs of the body.  For more information visit perio.org/consumer/other-diseases