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Causes and prevention of Rocky Hill, CT gum disease

May 3, 2016

Rocky Hill, NC gum disease affects almost half of American adults. Learn its causes and how to prevent it from Thaddeus S. Michalski DMD.

Cavity prevention is not the only reason to take care of your teeth. Gum disease in Rocky Hill, CT and across the country threatens the oral and systemic health of children and adults. The reasons for it are many,  but prevention is simple, says Dr. Thaddeus S. Michalski. (more…)

Effective Gum Disease Treatment in Rocky Hill, CT

March 24, 2015

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?

78188806Our 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.

Preserve Your Oral Health with Gum Disease Therapy in Rocky Hill, CT

December 10, 2014

178845072When you think of gum disease, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps you imagine someone with persistent halitosis (bad breath) or even recurring bleeding following brushing or flossing. While these are certainly common complications of gum disease, there are even more serious side effects that may arise without proper treatment. Today, we’d like to discuss some of the most important reasons to seek periodontal therapy in cases of even moderate gum disease, a condition that affects approximately 80 percent of the American population. Dr. Thaddeus S. Michalski offers a wide range of general and preventive dentistry solutions to families in Rocky Hill, CT, including gum disease therapy.

Avoiding Complications of Gum Disease

While brushing and flossing your teeth twice per day are undeniably critical to your oral health, biannual checkups are just as important in the fight against gum disease. This is because the plaque that hides beneath the gum line is impossible to completely remove with regular home hygiene. When this plaque is allowed to build up on the teeth and beneath the gums, it causes inflammation and infection that can lead to health problems in other areas of the body. In fact, gum disease has been linked to a variety of medical issues, including an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, heart attack, and even some forms of cancer.

Fortunately, there is a way to reduce your likelihood of developing these and other problems. In addition to taking care of your teeth and gums at home every morning and night, simply visit Dr. Michalski at his Rocky Hill, CT dental practice once every six months to ensure that your oral health stays on the right track. If we do discover that gum disease has taken hold, we’ll suggest a comprehensive treatment plan that can effectively halt the disease’s progress, preserving the health of your smile.

Schedule Your Dental Checkup Today

Has it been more than six months since you last visited a dentist? If so, now is the perfect time to schedule your appointment. Contact us today to learn more about how routine checkups and cleanings can drastically reduce your risk of developing potentially dangerous gum disease, and schedule your visit with our caring, experienced team. Conveniently located in Rocky Hill, CT, the office of Dr. Thaddeus Michalski warmly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas as well, including Hartford, Berlin, Cromwell, Newington, Wethersfield, and beyond.