Preventive Care and Gum Treatments

Did you know that there is a STRONG link between oral health and your general health?

Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to heart attacks, stroke, and diabetes amongst many other systemic health conditions.
Researches show that approximately 75 – 80% of adults have gum disease of various levels and 50% of these individuals will lose, at least, one tooth prematurely.

To avoid all that, you should keep your frequent visits to your dentist and hygienist, which may be every 3, 4 or 6 months, depending on your periodontal (gum) condition.

Cavities and gum (periodontal) disease, if diagnosed and treated at an early stage, will prevent further breakdown, which could cause pain, discomfort, more complex and costly treatment and/or premature tooth loss. The ideal foundation for natural teeth, restored teeth and dental implant consists of healthy gum tissue and bone. Gum disease is the most common cause of bone loss.

For cases from generalized gingivitis to moderate gum disease we offer a treatment called Soft Tissue Management.

Soft Tissue Management is geared toward helping people regain and maintain desired levels of periodontal health. Two phases are applied:

The Sanative Phase

Comprised of scaling and debridement of the roots and gum tissues under local anesthetic (mechanical and ultrasonic instrumentation, it is intended to remove sub gingival deposits, eliminate infection, and detoxify the periodontal tissues. Adjuncts such as sub gingival irrigation, Biolase Diode laser treatments will enhance debridement and healing capabilities.

During oral hygiene instruction, a plaque disclosing solution will be applied as an indicator of areas that need home care improvement. An electric toothbrush will be recommended as a part of the patient’s home care as well as chlorhexidine rinse.

Note that the success of the program is dependent on changes you have to make to your home care daily routines (regular proper brushing and flossing) to obtain and maintain optimal levels of oral health. Equally important is your commitment to keeping up with regular hygiene maintenance schedule designed to meet your periodontal needs.

The Re-Evaluation

This phase is done six weeks following the last appointment of the soft tissue management program. This is to ensure that our goals are being attained.

The goals of the Soft Tissue Management Program are as follows:

    • Gums that are not red, swollen, tender and do not bleed
    • Reattachment of gum tissue to the tooth surface
    • Flushing out bacteria in pockets
    • Reducing pocket depth
    • Fresher breath and taste
    • Smooth tooth surfaces
    • Know effectively how to maintain good oral hygiene and control periodontal disease

Remember: healthy gums DO NOT bleed!
Come meet our hygienists at Lawrence Park Dental, located in the heart of North York

Periodontitis and Your Health

20 York Mills Road – Suite 209 Toronto, ON M2P 2C2

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