A healthy, beautiful smile starts here
Prevention is a primary focus at Performance Dental Center. Dr. Ribbens 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. Ribbens will recommend a deep cleaning that removes 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.
Things to consider once your have received a diagnosis of Periodontitis
You may require a Deep Cleaning also known as Scaling and Root planning
It will be highly recommended that you come for regular Periodontal Maintenance Appointments every 3 months
Insurance may not cover your Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings at 100%
Insurance may not cover all 4 cleanings each year
Please check with your insurance to see if your Scaling and Root Planning and your Periodontal Maintenance is a covered benefit.
Comprehensive Preventative Care
Being proactive about your oral health helps you avoid sometimes painful dental conditions and can reduce the costs of dental treatment, as well as promotes optimum overall health and well being. Whether you’re facing gum disease or a tooth in need of repair, Dr. Ribbens 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!
Jameson Ribbens, DDS DDS
MEET OUR DOCTOR:
Dr. Ribbens is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and after dental school in Minneapolis set his sights on practicing along the beautiful Colorado front range. He completed his undergraduate degree in nutrition at the University of Minnesota before being accepted into their dental program. He began practicing dentistry in 2017 in Arvada, Colorado, and found us at Performance Dental Center in January of 2020. Dr. Ribbens is a member of the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, and the Boulder Broomfield County Dental Society. His favorite thing about practicing ...
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I get my teeth straighter without braces?
Dr. Sigman is an Invisalign certified provider, and really takes pride in helping people straighten their teeth without the hassle of normal braces. Invisalign aligners are clear trays worn over the teeth that gently help position your teeth into a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing alignment. Come see if you are an Invisalign candidate today!
Why is it important to straighten crooked teeth?
We are learning more and more every single day about the connection between your mouth and the rest of your body as a whole. We now have stark evidence of a link between patients with gum disease caused by difficult to clean, crooked teeth and other diseases like Diabetes, heart disease and even delivery of premature, low-birth-weight babies. Gone are the days where we believe oral health doesn’t affect the rest of your body.
In order to have a healthy body and a healthy mind, you must have a healthy mouth.