Periodontal Dentistry

Periodontal Dentistry2

Initial Periodontal Therapy

Risk Factors

  • Smoking. Need another reason to quit smoking? Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with the development of periodontitis. Additionally, smoking can lower the chances of success of some treatments
  • Hormonal changes in girls/women. These changes can make gums more sensitive and make it easier for gingivitis to develop
  • Diabetes. People with diabetes are at higher risk for developing infections, including periodontal disease
  • Stress. Research shows that stress can make it more difficult for our bodies to fight infection, including periodontal disease
  • Medications. Some drugs, such as antidepressants and some heart medicines, can affect oral health because they lessen the flow of saliva. (Saliva has a protective effect on teeth and gums.)
  • Illnesses. Diseases like cancer or AIDS and their treatments can also affect the health of gums
  • Genetic susceptibility. Some people are more prone to severe periodontal disease than others

Three month continuing care appointments

As a service to our patients, we provide a 3 month continuing care regimen to provide a professional prophylaxis, evaluate your home care and help you with your problems areas, if any. At each of these appointments, we will inform you of your progress in the management of your disease and discuss the frequency with which you should be treated.

Referral to Periodontist if needed

At any time during your treatment at our office, if symptoms require the expertise of a specialist, we will refer you to a periodontist.