Periodontal Treatment in Richmond, VT

Nearly 80% of American adults are affected by some degree of periodontal disease. However, your risk of developing this condition can be reduced with healthy oral hygiene practices at home and visits to our office for routine cleanings.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is the infection of the gums. The infection occurs as a result of built up plaque and tartar collecting near and irritating the gums.

Periodontal disease is often identified by its different stages. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, which is completely reversible with the right care and treatment. However, left untreated, the disease can advance into a more serious form known as periodontitis.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Irritated gums are one of the first signs of early gum disease. However, other symptoms may develop as a result of the infection, including:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Pain while biting or chewing
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose permanent teeth

If you find yourself experiencing any of the above symptoms, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment with our office so we can treat the infection before it has the chance to advance.

Periodontal Treatment for Gum Disease in Richmond, VT

Each stage of periodontal disease requires an alternate approach for periodontal treatment. The goal of treatment is to reduce the symptoms of the infection and reverse any damage, if possible.

The primary form of treatment we use at Richmond Dental is a deep cleaning, often referred to as scaling and root planing. Scaling involves removing existing plaque and tartar from the teeth both above and below the gum line. Root planing is the process of removing rough areas on tooth roots where bacteria are more likely to gather. Any present bacteria in these areas are eliminated to eradicate the infection.

Preventing Gum Diseases at Home

The while scaling and root planing has been proven as highly effective methods for treating periodontal disease, the best form of treatment is prevention. Here are a few ways you can manage your oral health at home to reduce your risk of gum disease:

  • Brush twice a day and floss once a day.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after meals.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet low in sugars and acidic foods.
  • Avoid using tobacco products.
  • Schedule regular dental visits.