Periodontal Exam and Cleaning
The Importance of Caring for Your gums
Healthy gums are essential to maintaining strong teeth, a beautiful smile, and your overall health. That's one of the reasons Dr. Gyurina recommends coming in for a complete dental checkup every six months. If we do find that your gums have problems, we can help you restore them to beautiful health.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, effects millions of Americans and a large portion of them don't even know it. But that doesn't stop it from wreaking havoc on your health. Periodontal disease can cause pain, bleeding, bad breath, and, if left unchecked, loss of teeth. Studies have also linked the bacteria that cause gum disease to serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Signs you might have gum disease:
- Red or swollen gums
- Painful gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Teeth sensitivity to cold, heat, or sweet
- Persistent halitosis (bad breath)
If you have one or more of these symptoms, it's important that you come in for a periodontal exam as soon as possible. The earlier we detect gum disease, the easier it will be to reverse the damage using modest gum disease treatment options.
Treatment for Gum Disease
Dr. Gyurina will begin by examining your gums to determine if you have gum disease. If so, we will do a thorough periodontal cleaning - focusing on the gingival pockets between your gums and your teeth where bacteria tend to grow. We may also order a daily periodontal care regiment to help your gums heal. If your gum disease is in a very advanced stage we may refer you to a periodontist, a specialist in gum health, for further treatment.
Schedule Your Gum Health Assessment at Our Madison Office Today
If you're concerned about the health of your gums, if your gums bleed when you brush or floss, or it's been a while since you've been to the dentist, schedule an appointment with Oak Park Dental for a painless periodontal exam. We're happy to serve patients in Madison, WI and the surrounding areas.