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Periodontal Care


Our team at Smiles by Bigelow can assist you with all your periodontal care needs. Periodontal is a term that means around your tooth. We can define periodontal care like regular dental cleaning that helps to prevent and manage periodontal disease. Periodontal disease affects your gums as well as the bone supporting the teeth.

Causes of Periodontal Disease


The bacteria found in dental plaque is responsible for causing periodontal disease. Plaque normally starts to form gradually, immediately after you finish brushing your teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it can cause serious around your teeth, and even damage the gums. As a result, your gums might become swollen, start to bleed or show early signs of gingivitis. Periodontal disease can also cause your teeth to loosen, which is an indication of severe periodontitis.

Signs and Symptoms that Might Warrant Periodontal Care


If you have bleeding and swollen gums, then you should visit our offices for a checkup. It is important to note that your gums shouldn’t bleed at all, even after brushing or flossing vigorously. Loose teeth are another symptom as is pus around your gums and teeth, which can be an indication of serious infection.

Periodontal Care Methods


The methods used by our specialists during periodontal care depend on the type as well as the severity of the periodontal disease. However, our dentists and dental hygienists must evaluate the severity of the periodontal disease and then recommend the right treatment plan.

Periodontal disease can damage your gums and the bone supporting your teeth. This can happen if it is not caught early. However, if caught in its early stages, and there is no damage done, our dentists will recommend regular cleanings to remove the plaque. Also, they will give you advice on how you can improve your oral hygiene.

However, if the disease it at a more advanced stage, our specialists can perform a specialized periodontal cleaning, referred to as root planing and scaling. This procedure allows the specialists to remove plaque, tartar, and other toxins from your gumline and smoothen the rough surfaces on your teeth. You should expect your pockets to shrink and gum tissue to heal after the procedure.

In addition to that, our dentists and dental hygienists can recommend special medications to assist in controlling the infection and healing. In case your sockets fail to heal after root planing and scaling, we might recommend periodontal surgery which reduces the depths of the pockets, thus making it easier to clean the teeth.

By practicing good dental hygiene and visit our dentists regularly, you can reduce the chances of developing gum disease. It is advisable that you schedule dental appointments with us at least twice a year for a thorough checkup and cleaning. That way, we can help deal with any problems before they get serious.

For more information about periodontal care, please contact our team here at Smiles by Bigelow at (601) 255-2599 today! Our friendly and professional team of experts are looking forward to seeing you.






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