Gum Therapy in Fort Worth, TX
Protect Your Gums, Protect Your Smile
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults. Reports indicate that millions of people are unaware that they have gum disease, and about 30% of the population is genetically susceptible to contracting the condition. Other risk factors include smoking, pregnancy, puberty, stress, grinding teeth, poor nutrition, diabetes, and poor oral hygiene. When periodontal disease sets in, it destroys soft tissue, breaks the strong bond between teeth and supporting gums, and causes jawbone deterioration, which often leads to tooth loss.
If your gums bleed whenever you brush your teeth or appear red, swollen, or tender, you may already have periodontal disease. Depending on the severity of your case, our hygienist may recommend deep teeth cleaning to reverse the condition. Dr. Kelly Blair and our hygienist will customize your treatment plan and make recommendations on how to treat your periodontal condition.
Treatment usually consists of two major steps to help combat the effects of periodontal disease. Scaling is used for the removal of tartar (hardened plaque) from the surface of the teeth. Then, root planing is used to smooth out the tooth roots and remove any infected tooth structure. This treats areas where tartar has built up underneath the gums, forming pockets.
At our office, we use clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs® to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA Labs® is a specialty diagnostics company designed to provide reliable, definitive and cost effective clinical tests that help oral health professionals detect and diagnose the disease at earlier, more treatable stages.
PerioScience Antioxidant Oral Care
At our office, we offer our patients PerioScience Salivary Antioxidant Oral Care products to help restore the health of the oral cavity.
The oral cavity is under constant bombardment from food and drink, as well as alcohol, tobacco products and nicotine, dental materials, and much more. Bacteria and other disease-causing agents along with systemic conditions present further insult. Because the oral tissues are delicate, they are especially vulnerable to cell damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress.
Saliva provides a natural defense against bacteria and other substances that are potentially harmful to health. Research is confirming that antioxidants are among the most important elements in saliva and that they help protect against oral diseases, including cancer, and are vital to tissue health and healing. PerioScience products help reinforce your saliva’s antioxidant levels.
So whether you suffer from irritated gums, need soothing of dry mouth, relief for sensitive teeth, or you just want to maintain a white smile, PerioScience has something for you! Ask us at your next appointment which products would be best for you, or go online to our store to place an order and have it shipped to your home for free.