Why is periodontal therapy such an important service? Because recent estimates claim that over half of American adults have some form of gum disease. Plus, many studies have linked gum disease to other health conditions, like heart disease, pre-term birth, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and stroke. All of this makes effective periodontal therapy one of the most important services a dentist can provide.
Treating Gum Disease with Arestin
Right now, one of the best tools for fighting gum disease is an antibiotic called Arestin. But Arestin isn’t like other antibiotics. Instead, being taken by mouth as a pill, Dr. Mantena will apply your Arestin treatment directly to an infected pocket. Once there, the tiny, medicated particles that make up Arestin will go to work, killing harmful bacteria.
Treatment with Arestin takes just one appointment, but is more effective than scaling and root planing by themselves. What’s more, one Arestin treatment keeps working for days after it’s administered. That means you can leave our El Dorado Hills office and go back to your normal schedule, confident in the fact that your smile is getting healthier day-by-day.
To learn more about Arestin and how it combats bacteria, visit their official website. You can also call our office with your questions or to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Mantena. We would be happy to talk to you more about Arestin and how we’re using it to help our patients improve their oral and overall health.
El Dorado Hills Town Center Dental proudly serves patients from Hurst, Watauga, North Richland Hills, Saginaw, and all surrounding areas.
Seventy percent of adult tooth loss is attributed to gum disease. Recent research shows a link between patients who have gum disease and those who suffer from strokes, heart attacks, or complications with diabetes or pregnancy. Gum disease is silent in that early symptoms may be painless and mild, like swollen gums or bleeding while brushing. Regular dental checkups are vital because a professional can detect, treat, and reverse gum disease in early stages before major problems arise.
Cause and Effect
Several factors contribute to periodontal disease: plaque buildup, heredity, and lifestyle choices. By far, the most common and controllable factor is bacterial plaque, the sticky, colorless film produced by normal oral bacteria. Bacteria release toxins that break down the natural fibers that bond gums to teeth. When this occurs, pockets between the gums and teeth form, and more bacteria and toxins hide, flourish, and destroy your gums and teeth. Over time, this process can affect not only gums, teeth, and bone within the mouth, but also overall health. Bacteria in your mouth can enter the bloodstream through the gums, and this can compromise your whole-body health.
Maintaining Good Periodontal Health
Regular dental visits at least every six months allow us to keep a watchful eye on the health of your gums. You should also brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use good mouth rinses at home. We will recommend the products that will optimize your oral homecare, and we can also show you the best methods for brushing and flossing. If you have overcome periodontal disease, we will recommend frequent checkups to ensure your mouth stays healthy for a lifetime.
By looking for trouble every six months, we can often reduce your potential for large dental problems. For instance, left untreated, a small cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. A cracked tooth can cause pain or break off and create additional problems. Furthermore, advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults, and oral cancer causes more than 7,500 deaths each year. Caught and treated early, these diseases can be controlled. Children as young as two should visit the dentist, and by age four or five, a child should attend regular checkups.
Is It Time for Your Next Family Dentistry Visit?
How long has it been since you or your family’s last family dentistry visit? To schedule, call (530) 802-0031. We serve patients from Placerville, Cameron Park El Dorado Hills,Folsom, Granite Bay, Roseville, Sacramento and surrounding areas.