One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your overall well-being, is maintain the healthy condition of your teeth and gums. You may not know it, but your oral health is directly related to your overall health. By keeping your smile in its optimum condition, you’ll be setting yourself up for the best possible chance at a long, healthy life.
Dr. Walker and our hygiene team put a lot of emphasis on each dental hygiene appointment. Every appointment is performed with a thorough evaluation, with a focus on preventive care. This includes a discussion about your dental history, a full mouth exam, a Diagnodent exam to check for any early signs of decay, panoramic and bitewing x-rays, muscle palpation, to ensure your bite is in its proper position, and a Velscope oral cancer screening.
Hygiene appointments give our team the opportunity to catch and treat any possible oral health issues in their earliest stages. Conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth loss have been directly related to serious health problems, such as, heart disease, stroke, and even certain cancers. Maintaining your recall appointments every six months is the best way to treat and prevent oral health issues from becoming severe and unmanageable. Our dentist and hygienist will also explain what you can do to improve your own hygiene habits at home.
Gum disease is a much more common problem than you think. If left untreated, gum disease can develop into a more severe infection, called periodontitis. Periodontitis has been known to lead to tooth loss and complicated general health issues if not treated appropriately. However, for gum disease or periodontal disease that has not progressed to advanced stages, proper cleaning can successfully correct the condition, protecting your smile and overall wellness.
Robert F. Walker Jr. DDS comfortably and effectively treats periodontitis through periodontal gum therapy. Treatment begins with an assessment of your mouth to determine the severity of the gum disease and potential treatment options. Using advanced techniques and tools, periodontal gum therapy may include treatments such as deep pocket therapy or scaling and root planing. These treatments are often accomplished safely and virtually pain-free using a soft-tissue laser. If necessary, low-dose antibiotics may be used as a treatment method. Prevention and early diagnosis are key. Schedule your periodontal appointment today!
While signs of gum disease are often discovered during routine hygiene exams, there are symptoms you may discover on your own. If you notice any of the following symptoms, seek the help of a qualified dentist, like Dr. Walker, for an assessment:
- Red, bleeding or swollen gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth or teeth that have changed position
Prevention and early diagnosis are key. Maintain your regular oral hygiene appointments and visit your dentist if any noticeable symptoms are present. This will give you the best chance for a positive outcome if gum disease or periodontitis are discovered and treated as soon as possible.
Give your body the best fighting chance for a lifetime of lasting health through proactive, preventive dental hygiene. Mesa dentist, Robert F. Walker Jr. DDS, can help you and your family with your oral health care needs. Contact our office today. In the office of Dr. Walker, our entire team is dedicated to providing top notch, personable dental care to Chandler, AZ and the surrounding areas. Meet our team, who are passionate about helping you reach and maintain your oral health goals through genuine, patient-focused care.