When it comes to oral care, everyone knows the basics: brush your teeth, floss every day, and rinse your mouth thoroughly. It is a simple process and, usually, everyone keeps up with it pretty well. However, there are numerous factors that can take hold and put many patients at risk of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Lackluster oral care from the individual, smoking, side effects of certain medications, other diseases (i.e. diabetes), and genetic predisposition can all lead to gum disease. So, if gum disease does form in the mouth, how does one go about treating it? Luckily, those who live in Rocky Hill, Hartford, Wetherfield, Cromwell, Newington, Berlin, and the nearby communities can find an effective treatment in the office of Thaddeus S. Michalski D.M.D.
How Does Periodontal Disease Form?
Mouths are full of bacteria. Some of it helps with digestion and breaking down food, but a lot of it just forms sticky colorless plaque on teeth, along with mucus and other particles. While brushing and flossing can get rid of plaque, the particles that are not removed can harden and form tartar, which can only be removed by dentists and hygienists. The longer plaque and tarter stays on teeth and gums, the more harmful they become. After awhile, the bacteria will cause the gums to become inflamed (gingivitis). This can be treated with a dental appointment or thorough brushing and flossing. If not treated, it can advance to periodontitis. This means the gums will pull away from the teeth and form spaces that become infected. Toxins and bacteria will grow below the gum line, which eventually leads to loss of the bone and connective tissue in the mouth.
How is it Treated?
Our staff of dentists and hygienists always perform routine checks for periodontal disease when going through a routine checkup. If the disease is detected, we will do everything in our power to ensure you receive the highest level of care possible. Since our hygienists have extensive training in gum disease treatment, we will use the latest trends in the dental field to treat the illness. Initially, we chart your mouth and the infected areas. Upon mapping the diseased regions, we will apply arestin, an antibiotic powder that is placed in the periodontal pockets that have formed. This process is performed through our in-house, non-surgical method.
What are My Next Steps?
If Dr. Michalski or our hygienists spot developing gum disease, we will immediately schedule an appointment and follow-up treatment. Do your gums look inflamed, red, or swollen? Do not hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment with our team. Gum disease affects thousands of Americans every year. Do not let it take control of your oral health.