Prevention is a primary focus at Performance Dental Center. Dr. Sigman believes that the best kind of cavity is the kind that never happens in the first place!
In most cases, we recommend that our patients come to see us every six months so we can monitor their oral health and screen for issues like oral cancer, tooth decay, and periodontal (gum) disease. These conditions are most successfully treated in their earliest stages.
We also know that maintaining your oral health means that you’re protecting your overall health and well being.
The Oral Systemic Connection
As more studies emerge, we continue to improve our understanding of how periodontal health and overall health are connected. It’s now understood that the bacteria that cause gum disease also contribute to other health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. This is known as the oral systemic link, and it means that taking charge of your oral health has never been more important.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease is essentially an infection of the soft tissue and bone that surround your teeth. It occurs when excessive plaque and tartar buildup cause your gum tissue to separate from your teeth, which allows harmful bacteria below the gum line. If left untreated, the infection will eventually destroy your soft tissue and bone, eliminating the support system for your teeth and leading to tooth loss.
This is the first phase of periodontal disease. Early indicators of gingivitis are gums that bleed when you brush your teeth and may appear red and swollen. Chronic bad breath that won’t go away is also a telltale sign of gingivitis.
This is the ideal time to contact Performance Dental Center because we can help you effectively manage and sometimes even reverse your condition with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine.
This is the advanced stage of gum disease in which serious damage starts to occur. To manage periodontitis, Dr. Sigman will recommend a deep cleaning that can remove plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line. He may also recommend antibiotic therapy to fight infection and additional cleaning appointments throughout the year to help you control your condition.
Unfortunately there’s no cure for gum disease; however, your hygiene team at Performance Dental Center can help you effectively keep periodontal disease at bay.
Comprehensive Preventative Care
Being proactive about your oral health helps you avoid uncomfortable and costly dental issues, as well as promotes optimum overall health and well being. Whether you’re facing gum disease or a tooth in need of repair, Dr. Sigman and your trusted team at Performance Dental Center are here to help! With regular cleanings and checkups, we’ll keep your oral health on track so you’ll always be at your best.
Give us a call today to schedule your next cleaning and checkup appointment!