Keep gums healthy, stay ahead of gum disease with proactive and gentle care

Periodontal is derived from the Greek words “peri” (for “around”) and “dontal” (for “teeth”). So, periodontal largely refers to the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. These tissues include the red-pink gums. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. Fortunately, at Complete Health Dentistry of SoCal in Poway, California, we have many opportunities and ways to quickly, conservatively, painlessly, and precisely resolve progressive gum disease.

The power of prevention

During routine visits to our office or “check-ups,” Dr. Erela Katz Rappaport and our team will examine your gums. They gently use special instruments to detect even early-stage inflammation, which is typically asymptomatic or produces only subtle symptoms that can be missed or ignored.

Usually scheduled once every six months, these check-ups also present opportunities for our dental hygienists to professionally clean the teeth and gums. They are equipped to remove decay-producing substances such as stubborn plaque (“tartar” or “calculus”). Plaque releases toxins that break down the gums.

We can also discuss ways to prevent early problems from progressing; for instance, oral care products and cleaning techniques may be recommended to halt gum disease in its tracks. The effects of gum disease can be reversed when resolved early into the disease process before it has progressed from gingivitis to periodontitis.

Treatments for periodontal disease at Complete Health Dentistry of SoCal - Dr. Erela Katz Rappaport

Treatments for periodontal disease at Complete Health Dentistry of SoCal - Dr. Erela Katz Rappaport
Do you have bleeding gums? If you do, you might be suffering from gum disease. What is gum disease and what are the treatments available? Watch this video as Dr. Erela Katz Rappaport explains.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a silent epidemic. According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly half of Americans 30 or older have periodontitis. Many people don’t even know that they have a disease, while others don’t take it seriously.

Gum disease can cause persistent bad breath and affect the appearance of your smile. Treatments are important.

Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Research has also linked oral bacterial infections to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic health conditions.

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease starts when a community of bacteria called a biofilm develops in the space or pocket between the teeth and gum tissue causing infection.

The symptoms are part of the body’s response to bacterial infection. Many people ignore the symptoms because they are hidden from view. But the disease is serious.

If you had an open bleeding wound in your hand, you would treat it. Infected wounds in your mouth should be treated with the same urgency.

How can gum disease be treated?

Gum disease is commonly treated with professional dental cleanings that physically remove the bacterial communities called biofilm between the tooth and the gum tissue.

Unfortunately, bacterial growth is hard to control between office visits. Biofilms regenerate very easily and are difficult to reach under the gums with a toothbrush, rinse and floss.

The Perio Protect method combines professional cleanings with a unique sealing system customized for your mouth to keep a Perio gel medication at the site of the infection.

The medication most commonly used in the Perio tray contains a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide that helps freshen breath and gradually whitens teeth.

What are the benefits of using Perio Protect trays?

The Perio Protect trays are easy to use. It takes a few seconds to prepare your tray, and most people wear them only a few minutes a day.

You can complete the treatment while reading, exercising, showering, watching TV or whenever it is convenient for you.

Perio trays give you more control over your oral health, whether treating an early stage of disease or trying to minimize surgical intervention. It helps with long-term bacterial management and gives you a whiter, brighter smile.

Make an appointment with us today to learn more about periodontal disease.

More effective treatments; a better experience

Other dental offices in and around southern California may recommend scaling and root planing (SRP) or surgical periodontal therapy to resolve active disease. Recommendations are based on the extent or stage of the disease.

Also known as “deep cleaning,” SRP is available at Complete Health Dentistry SoCal; however, we use this technique in conjunction with ARESTIN®. This antibiotic is placed directly in the pockets that form between the teeth and gums. It delivers concentrated bacteria-fighting medication to support tissue healing. ARESTIN® may be prescribed on its own or combined with non-surgical deep cleaning via SRP.

Additionally, we may recommend the Perio Protect Method™, which delivers disease-fighting medicine to the areas that need it most (courtesy of specialized trays worn in the mouth). The use of Perio Protect helps patients to avoid the need for surgical intervention, which is generally more aggressive.

We won’t know what is best to restore or maintain the health of your gums until after we see you! Call us today at (858) 726-5554 to schedule your appointment, and don’t wait for changes to your gums to arise before reaching out. It is always preferred to get ahead of problems rather than be reactive and respond to issues after they have developed.