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Periodontal Therapy: Protect Your Gums, Protect Your Health

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Periodontal disease is also known as an advanced form of gum disease, and it can wreak a lot of havoc on your smile! This condition is very common in today’s society (over 80% of people have it), and many have no idea that they do. Fortunately, the team at Pearl Care Dental thoroughly checks for periodontal disease at every exam, which is a great reason to never skip preventive dentistry appointments. We provide comprehensive periodontal therapy at our Ellensburg dentist office, and we encourage people who think that they may have gum disease to call us today to schedule an appointment for your periodontal needs.

Why is Periodontal Disease So Bad?

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While gum disease simply affects the gums, periodontal disease begins to develop when bacteria that naturally occurs in the mouth starts to actively decay the connective tissues between the teeth and gums. This results in receded gums, bone loss, and can lead to loosened teeth that have a higher risk of falling out!

Signs of periodontal disease include:

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Periodontal Therapy with Soft-Tissue Laser

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If the team at Pearl Care Dental finds these symptoms during a checkup, we can immediately respond with periodontal therapy. Thanks to the many technologies in our office, as well as the education and training of our Ellensburg dentists, we have streamlined our periodontal therapy practices. With ultrasonic scalers and lasers, we can precisely and effectively remove diseased gum tissue, reduce and eliminate the presence of bacteria in the gums, and keep your smile looking bright.

Scaling & Root Planing

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These two treatments constitute what we call a “deep cleaning,” and they are usually our first line of defense again early-stage gum disease, known as gingivitis. Scaling will involve your hygienist using small tools to gently clean and clear away any plaque and tartar from around your gum line, and then root planing will be used to smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots. This will make it much harder for plaque and bacteria to gather on them in the future, lessening your chances of redeveloping gum disease.

Ozone Therapy

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We can also use ozone therapy to enhance our periodontal treatments and further reinforce the strength of your teeth and gums. Ozone is just enriched oxygen, and by applying it directly your teeth and gums in liquid or gas form, we can quickly eliminate oral bacteria and lower your chances of infection.

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Oral DNA Testing

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The presence of certain oral bacteria can indicate a lot about your total health, such as if you’re at risk of developing periodontal disease or having a heart attack or stroke in the near future. Using a simple saliva sample, we can gain a complete understanding of everything that is going on in your mouth so we can help you avoid preventable health issues. We’ll send the swab to a lab, and they will create a list of all the bacteria that is currently in your mouth. Our team will evaluate your results, and this will help us formulate a customized treatment plan to prevent future problems.

Call today to schedule an appointment at Pearl Care Dental. Our Ellensburg team prioritizes the needs of all of our patients. If this will be your first exam at Pearl Care Dental, please take a look at our new patients page for helpful information.

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