Happy Couple After Their Periodontal Care

Periodontal Care in Houston, TX

Good oral hygiene practices and visiting Adonia Dentistry for your regular dental exams and cleanings are the best ways to maintain healthy gums and teeth. If, however, you develop periodontal (gum) disease, Dr. Noufele will recommend a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. Our goal is to prevent the devastating effects of periodontal disease on your oral health.

Happy Couple After Their Periodontal Care

Periodontal Care in Houston, TX

Good oral hygiene practices and visiting Adonia Dentistry for your regular dental exams and cleanings are the best ways to maintain healthy gums and teeth. If, however, you develop periodontal (gum) disease, Dr. Noufele will recommend a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. Our goal is to prevent the devastating effects of periodontal disease on your oral health.

What Is Periodontal Disease and How Does It Develop?

Periodontal disease is a devastating inflammation of the structures around the teeth, including the gum tissues, periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Poor oral hygiene is the primary cause of gum disease. Additional risk factors include tobacco products, misaligned teeth, a family history, the natural aging process, and hormonal changes during pregnancy.

Here is a look at the stages of periodontal disease:

  • Gingivitis: This early stage of gum inflammation is characterized by red, puffy gums and bleeding during brushing and flossing. This condition can be reversed because the bone and tissues holding the teeth in place are still intact.
  • Early Periodontitis: The soft tissue (gingiva) begins to recede, leaving pockets that trap food particles and bacteria. A minor loss of the tissues and bone supporting the teeth is noticeable in this stage.
  • Moderate Periodontitis: The supporting bone and tissue sustain irreversible damage during this stage. Treatment and good oral hygiene can prevent additional harm to your oral health.
  • Advanced Periodontitis: In this devastating stage of gum disease, the pockets will deepen, chewing may be painful, and the teeth may loosen. If treatment cannot save the teeth, extraction may be the only option.

Periodontal Disease and Your Overall Health

Periodontal disease not only impacts your oral health but can also affect your overall health. Studies show a connection between gum infection and inflammation and serious health concerns, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, low birth weights, and so much more!

If you develop periodontal disease, we recommend a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. This non-surgical treatment has been shown to halt the condition's progression. During scaling, our dental hygienist will remove any plaque or tartar deposits from the gum line and between your teeth. Root planing involves cleaning and smoothing out the tooth root surfaces to prevent further bacteria or tartar buildup and promote gum tissue healing.

Dental cleanings and excellent oral hygiene can manage or even reverse gingivitis. However, once the disease progresses, it cannot be cured. The good news is that scaling and root planing coupled with meticulous oral hygiene practices can prevent further damage to the structures holding your teeth in place.

After a deep cleaning, most patients require periodontal maintenance visits every three to four months. During your appointments, we'll clean your teeth, evaluate your gum health and recession, measure the depth of the periodontal pockets, and place an antimicrobial solution under your gums. Our goal is to ensure your gums, bone, and teeth maintain their health.

Periodontal Care Near Me

Visit Adonia Dentistry to learn more about treating and managing periodontal disease. Dr. Noufele and her team are committed to providing quality periodontal services for long-term healthy smiles. Contact our Houston office for an appointment or request one online today!

Call us at 832.701.0027 or follow the link to request a time that fits your busy schedule. We'll contact you to confirm your appointment.