Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease Risk Factors

There are multiple factors that can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease. Here are a few of them:

Clearing Periodontal Disease

Periodontal therapy is an invasive cleaning and scaling of the teeth and gums. Your Melbourne, Florida dentist must remove all the plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your teeth and below the gum line in order to allow your body to heal. Dr. Brazdo will meticulously remove all the harmful bacteria from your teeth and gums with concurrent techniques known as scaling and root planing. During the scaling, tartar or calcified plaque is scraped from the teeth. Root planing smoothes the roots of the teeth to eliminate roughened spots that can harbor oral bacteria. Local anesthetics are used during the procedure, and in some cases, pain medication may be necessary for the following days. In addition to pain medicines, your dentist may also prescribe antibiotic medications, such as the following, to help you get rid of the infection associated with the periodontal condition.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Preventing periodontal disease is one of the most important aspects of oral hygiene. Because the development of periodontal disease is caused by excessive harmful bacteria on the teeth and gums, a daily oral hygiene routine is the most effective way to prevent periodontal disease. Brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice daily effectively removes bacteria and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Properly flossing helps to remove the bacteria from in between the teeth and at the gum line. It is extremely important to floss correctly in order to remove bacteria and prevent the damage they can cause. At your next appointment, ask your dentist if you’re flossing to the best of your ability. Finally, biannual visits to your Melbourne, Florida dentist are essential in preventing periodontal disease. Dr. Brazdo is able to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth that are difficult to remove with your daily routine.