Your periodontal health is important to the health of your teeth. Our team at Smith Dental will evaluate, strengthen, and restore the health of your periodontal tissue.
What is periodontal tissue?
Most often associated as being your gums, periodontal tissue is defined as any of the following four defined structures:
Your periodontal tissue supports your teeth, if the tissue is infected or in poor health, it can have severe negative effects on the status of your teeth. We recommend that patients take considerable care of their periodontal tissue, keeping it healthy and strong.
How can I keep my periodontal tissue healthy?
Keeping your gums and supporting tissue healthy is a daily job. Establishing healthy habits young is key to long term periodontal health. The best defense from infection is daily brushing and flossing. Plaque, and tartar or calculus, is known to cause infection and to weaken your gums.
Plaque is a naturally occurring substance in your mouth, and is filled with bacteria. Plaque is a blend of saliva and food particles that collects on the base of your teeth along the gum ridge. If it is not brushed away daily, it will dry and harden to a crusty substance known as tartar, or calculus, which is not easily removed, and should only be removed by a dental hygienist so that your tooth enamel is not damaged.
To remove plaque, we ask that patients angle their brush toward their gumline and cautiously brush along that ridge twice a day. We also recommend flossing to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth which can irritate and infect the tissue.
In addition to brushing and flossing, scheduling regular dental cleanings is an important step to having healthy gums. Our hygienist at Smith Dental will remove hardened calculus from above the gum line, and below if necessary. Some patients may require a more intense procedure known as a deep cleaning. This process involves scaling and root planing. Scaling is done with high pressured, oxygenated bubbles that is blasted at your teeth and gums to remove plaque and calculus. We then take a hand scaler to remove any remaining bits. After scaling, we then smooth the roots through root planing. This will help your roots to not collect plaque as easily in the future.
Having healthy gums, and other supporting tissues, will help you keep your teeth healthier, longer. For more information on periodontal health contact our front desk at our Forest Grove office. Our staff is happy to answer your questions and assist you in scheduling an appointment when you call (503) 746-9361.