Periodontal Maintenance

 

Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions.

Why is oral hygiene so important?

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.

Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.

Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. However, it is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).

Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition

Periodontal Disease

Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.

Preventing Gum Disease

The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.

Arestin®

Why may ARESTIN be beneficial for you?     Like many people, you suffer from gum disease (periodontitis), and your dental professional has treated your gums with an antibiotic called ARESTIN .

ARESTIN is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of gum disease after a deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planning [SRP].  These “Locally-Administered Antibiotics” [LAA] will improve the results of SRP with greater gum pocket and bleeding reduction,  and results will last longer and more bone will be Maintained in the process. 
 
ARESTIN, an LAA ,  uses unique microsphere technology to deliver the antibiotic directly to the infected areas in your gums.  The microspheres then gradually release the antibiotic, allowing it to work for over 14 days so that it can kill the infection more effectively and help heal your gums.
 
Ask our staff if you are a candidate for ARESTIN .
 
Caution:  If you have a history of allergy to TETRACYCLINE, you are not a candidate for Arestin.