Perio Therapy is used as a way to help fight periodontal disease, which is more commonly known as gum disease. Perio Therapy is used to help your body get rid of the plaque and tartar that has built up on your gums and helps to fight the side effects caused by the build-up. Gum disease has been known to be a culprit for other conditions than just harming your gums. It can contribute to bad breath and tooth loss. It can even be connected to heart disease as well.
What are the Stages of Gum Disease?
Gum disease is basically broken down into three different stages. The first stage is gingivitis. At this point in gum disease, most people start feeling some discomfort when they are brushing. There may also be some bleeding when these same people are brushing their teeth. Gingivitis can also make the gums swollen and red. People may start exhibiting bad breath with gingivitis too.
After gingivitis comes periodontitis. This is the stage when the tartar, which is also known as biofilm, builds up even more than before. To try to combat this, your gums begin to recede. This in turn causes pockets between the tooth and the gum to form and become inflamed. At this point, people may notice discomfort when they are chewing and their teeth becoming tenderer to brushing.
After this, the last stage develops. Advanced periodontitis is the stage when the gums recede so much that the roots of your teeth become exposed. Exposed roots can cause loose teeth that may begin falling out.
Types of Perio Therapy
There are several different ways to help improve your mouth and treat your gum disease. There are things that you can do at home to add to the prevention, but usually you will have to visit your dental professional to get some of the treatments in office.
Scaling and Root Planing
This is otherwise known as a deep cleaning. This is a non-surgical procedure. The procedure removes the plaque and calculus to ease the gum irritation. This not only cleans your teeth but gives you an overall healthier mouth.
Laser Gum Surgery
Sometimes if the biofilm is especially tough, your dentist will use a minimally-invasive dental laser to clean your mouth and remove the bacteria and damaged gum tissue above and below the gumline. During this process, the healthy tissue will be left intact and will begin to help heal your mouth.
Once you get your gum disease under control, it’s extremely imperative that you do not let the tartar build up get back to the way that it was. This will come by making sure that you stay up to date on all of your dental cleanings, whether they are regular cleanings or deeper cleanings. This also means that you will need to practice good dental care, which should include brushing and flossing as well.
In order to learn more about perio therapy, schedule a consultation with Brevard Smiles today! Our dentists will be able to tell you which type of therapy is a great choice for you and will be able to get you set up with any appointments that are needed!