Gum Disease And Bad Breath
Healthy gums are one of the essential parts of having a strong, beautiful smile in the future. Developing gum infections such as periodontitis (periodontal disease) can lead to a host of inflammation and infection both inside your mouth and throughout the rest of your body. We offer prevention-based therapeutic gum treatments to help you reduce the risk of tooth loss. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, treatments may range from a series of cleanings below the gum lines to locally placed antibiotics.
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Halitosis (Bad Breath Care)
Almost everyone experiences bad breath once in a while. But for some people, bad breath is a daily problem, and they struggle to find a solution. Our doctor and staff will begin with a thorough medical and dental history and an oral exam. Diagnosis may be done to confirm halitosis by measuring the strength of bad breath on a predefined scale and using materials to detect specific compounds related to halitosis. Preventive dental care can reduce your chance of developing certain oral health concerns. There are steps patients can take to prevent halitosis.
- Practice excellent oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth daily to prevent bacteria buildup, which may lead to bad breath. Patients should also brush their tongues because bacteria buildup can accumulate on the tongue and cause bad breath. We recommend brushing your teeth at least two times a day and flossing at least once a day.
- Visit our dentist for routine dental check-ups. Regular visits to our Sudbury dental office allow our team to thoroughly examine the teeth and gums for any complex dental problems. If such problems are diagnosed, we can offer treatment so the issues do not progress.
- Quit smoking and tobacco use. Tobacco use can stain the enamel and may result in bad breath.
- Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated may help with saliva production. Saliva helps keep the breath fresh and reduces the amount of debris and bacteria that latch onto your teeth.
Scaling and Root Planing
The initial stage of treatment for periodontal disease is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling or root planing. These non-surgical procedures aim to remove etiologic agents such as dental plaque and tartar, or calculus, which cause gingival inflammation and disease. Scaling and root planning can be used as a stand-alone treatment or a preventative measure. They are commonly performed in cases of gingivitis and moderate to severe periodontal disease. Our professional dentist may recommend scaling and root planing.
- Scaling – This treatment is performed by removing calculus and plaque that are attached to the tooths’ surfaces. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root. Scaling is performed with dental technology. The scaling tool usually includes an irrigation process that can be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums to help reduce oral bacteria.
- Root Planing – This treatment is performed to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted microorganisms, toxins, and tartar. The tooth’s root is smoothed, which promotes healing and helps prevent bacteria from easily building in the future.