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Periodontal Care in Brockton
Most people understand that untreated damage and decay can lead to tooth loss. A conscientious focus on dental hygiene and care prevent many dental conditions from escalating into serious threats to your oral health.
Yet some people underestimate the importance of periodontal care. Gums are equally affected by poor oral health, and when they are diseased, tooth loss may result, as well as complications in the overall health of your body. Dr. Bill Vagenas and his excellent team provide periodontal care that keeps the foundation of your smile healthy. Located in Brockton, the dental office of Bill Vagenas, DMD, LLC makes sure your teeth and gums radiate health and beauty.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
Brushing and flossing twice a day is the cornerstone of at-home oral health care. Flossing benefits gum health since the string can remove harmful bacteria under the gum line and in hard to reach corners of the mouth. Daily routines along with bi-annual visits to the dentist for professional cleanings prevent many periodontal issues from developing.
If you experience any bleeding, swelling, or tenderness in your gums, it could indicate gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Bacteria form into a sticky substance called plaque which can invade the gums, causing infection. If caught early, gingivitis can be eliminated with a commitment to at home oral care and a professional cleaning with a dental hygienist.
Serious Consequences of Periodontitis and the Importance of Professional Cleanings
Gum disease can advance into periodontitis, which poses a serious threat to your oral health. When plaque is not removed from teeth, it calcifies into tartar. Tartar harbors destructive bacteria and it stubbornly sticks onto teeth. Your toothbrush will glide right over tartar, preventing you from properly cleaning your teeth.
With periodontitis, gums begin to recede and pockets of bacteria from between your teeth and gums. This can cause abscesses, loosened teeth, and tooth loss. Only a professional deep cleaning will remove harmful tartar from teeth and gums. Dr. Vagenas will recommend a procedure called tooth scaling and root planing, which uses special tools to remove stubborn substances clinging to teeth and their roots. It then smooths the tooth surface, so gums can reattach and restore health to teeth.
If periodontitis has advanced, then there are other treatments Dr. Vagenis may recommend. Both topical and oral antibiotics may be prescribed to fight infection, and sometimes surgical procedures to access deep areas in the gums are necessary.
Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health
With gum disease, bacteria can enter the bloodstream, and circulate throughout the body causing potential health risks, such as:
- Heart disease
- Pregnancy complications
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Diabetic complications
- Respiratory infections
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Contact the Office of Bill Vagenas, DMD, LLC for Outstanding Periodontal Care
To keep your teeth and gums in optimal health, contact Dr. Bill Vagenas in Brockton. He and his team of dedicated professionals will make sure your periodontal health is maintained so you can smile securely with health and beauty.