Your Gums Are The Foundation Of Your Oral Health!
Making sure that your gums are healthy is so important. Dr. Mantis wants to make sure that you understand this very important point, as your gums are the foundation of a healthy, beautiful smile.
Periodontal disease is a silent and painless disease until the advanced stages. As an infection, it destroys the attachment of the gum and the bone, which supports and holds your teeth in place. Your body must fight a constant infection, which wears down the immune system. Early detection of periodontal disease enables our Wilmette team of dental professionals to treat the periodontal disease with less radical treatment methods and create healthier gums with reduced general health risks.
Slow, but progressive, periodontal disease swells the gingiva and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Once the bone is lost, it does not regenerate. It may be generalized, affecting all of your teeth or localized, affecting one tooth. This disease affects both men and women of all ethnicities from teen years through adulthood. In its early stages, you be unaware of its presence. Dental hygiene habits, medications, smoking, alcohol, diet, general health or heredity may play a role in its progression. Initial symptoms of the disease may include swollen gums that bleed when you brush and an odor to your breath. Symptoms can advance to loosening and shifting of teeth and their eventual loss.
Research has shown that people with periodontal disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease, which may lead to heart attack. The gum inflammation characteristic of periodontal disease creates a path for bacteria in plaque to enter your bloodstream. This bacteria travels throughout your body a may be a factor in numerous conditions. The consequences of bacteria lodging in your heart can be quite serious or even fatal.
One of the easiest ways to prevent the decline of your oral health is to maintain a regular schedule of having your teeth cleaned by one of the Mantis Dentistry hygienists. At Mantis Dentistry, we know how important thorough cleanings and dental hygiene are, both during and in between dental visits. Dr. Mantis offers adult, child and periodontal maintenance cleanings to ensure healthier teeth and gums. Our hygienists are very experienced at treating patients of all ages and our goal is to provide a comfortable, friendly, and welcoming environment.
A professional cleaning will minimize the accumulation of plaque and calculus on your teeth. Your hygienist will also provide you with instruction on personalized home care. By working together, we can prevent the advance of gum disease and ensure healthy teeth and a healthy smile in the years ahead. Our team utilizes their experience along with the most advanced technologies to diagnose any underlying conditions that may need to be treated. After a cleaning with our hygienist, Dr. Mantis will personally examine your teeth, x-rays and intra-oral photographs and explain any further treatment needed.
Another important piece of information as it relates to the saliva in your mouth. Oral-systemic interconnections are typically understood to mean the impact of periodontal or gum disease on a variety of systemic diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and more. Dr. Mantis utilizes a revolutionary technique to test your saliva to detect the presence of an incredible number of diseases and conditions by evaluation of biomarkers of disease. Biomarkers in saliva have been identified for oral cancer, dental caries, sleep apnea, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Mantis takes great pride in helping all of our patients to have the healthiest most beautiful smile possible. If you have any questions about periodontal disease or saliva testing for disease, please feel free to speak with one of our Mantis Dentistry team members today.
Root Planing & Scaling
Scaling and root planing is essentially a deep cleaning, designed to treat gum disease (periodontal disease) and prevent further bone loss by removing plaque and tarter buildup under the gum line and around tooth roots.
A saliva test may be necessary to determine which bacteria are causing the inflammation, infection or disease. Once the bacteria have been identified, a plan can be made to properly eliminate the bacteria.
This non-surgical treatment is recommended by Dr. Mantis to eliminate bacteria and prevent gum disease from progressing. Our patients can rest at ease during these treatments because the gums are numbed during the cleaning and our hygienists are very gentle to minimize sensitivity afterwards. Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to diabetes and heart disease and is important to treat for your overall health.
At Mantis Dentistry, Dr. Mantis is very happy to answer any questions you may have regarding periodontal disease, root planing and scaling.