Keep Your Gums And Heart Healthy

Contemporary Dental in Bellaire offers periodontal services

If you have swollen gums, bleed when you floss, or have persistent bad breath, you may be experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease. This is unfortunately a fairly common problem among adults in the United States. If caught in the earliest stage, gingivitis, proper care can treat and reverse symptoms.

When these symptoms are ignored, the disease will continue to progress and effect more than your smile. At Contemporary Dental in Bellaire, TX, we are here today to teach patients how to prevent periodontal disease.

Proper Dental Hygiene

Flossing is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine, but it is estimated that more than half of patients do not floss consistently. Although brushing can help remove a large amount of leftover food and drink particles, proper flossing can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas.

If you find that you have bad breath even after brushing your teeth, it may be due to not flossing or doing so incorrectly. First, you should brush your teeth for two minutes, being sure to reach every part of your mouth. Be sure to also brush your tongue, as this can hold bacteria as well. After brushing, it’s time to floss. Bring the thread to your gumline in a C-shape to cup around the tooth. Be sure to get between every single tooth.

If you have difficulty flossing due to braces or health conditions, a water pick may be helpful. Finish your routine with mouthwash and visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup.

Scaling And Root Planing

Your cleaning is scheduled every six months to remove any plaque that cannot be removed from the surface of your tooth and to monitor for problems. If your dentist notices signs of gingivitis, they may recommend a periodontal cleaning known as scaling and root planing. This is a deeper clean than what a checkup entails.

Scaling and root planing is the process of removing buildup from underneath the gumline. If this is left unattended, gum disease can continue to progress. The bacteria that causes periodontitis can travel into your bloodstream through the gingival tissue. Patients with later stages of periodontal disease are at higher risk of heart problems such as stroke, heart attack, and heart disease.

One side effect of gum disease is that the tissue may begin to recede, leaving you with an uneven smile with too much of your teeth showing. After you have been treated and are managing your periodontitis, grafting may be able to help reshape the gums and improve your smile.

Schedule Your Periodontal Cleaning Today

For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Contemporary Dental in Bellaire, TX, today at 713-668-9119. We proudly welcome patients who live in Bellaire, Houston, West University/Southside Place, Southwest Houston, the Galleria area, and all surrounding communities.