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Periodontal Disease Maintenance

Periodontal Disease Maintenance with Dr. Von R. Tracy

Your gums and bone are essential structures but are often forgotten by many patients. Gingivitis affects these structures, and nearly half of the American population experiences some level of gum disease. Because so many people have gingivitis, its treatment is an essential part of dental care to ensure the jaw bone and gums are well taken care of. Dr. Von Tracy and his team provide periodontal maintenance and care in Spokane, WA. Schedule a consultation with our practice and find a gentle way to treat and maintain gum disease and other related issues.

Gum Disease Treatment in Spokane

As we age, teeth and gums are battered by bacteria. To fend off the spread of bacteria, it is key to maintain optimal oral hygiene to keep our teeth white. However, even the most rigorous routines require professional intervention to manage tartar buildup. Gingivitis and advanced cases of gum disease occur when tartar buildup spreads beneath the gum line and causes pocket development.

Complications that arise if bacterial issues persist in the jaw bone or gums include:

  • Gum recession
  • Jawbone deterioration
  • Weakened function
  • Teeth misalignment
  • Tooth loss

Treatment for gingivitis involves scaling and root planing, a procedure that manually removes tartar from below the gum line to allow the gums to reattach itself to teeth. We take a gentle approach when conducting treatment, ensuring patients obtain the utmost comfort throughout their procedure. Once the area is free of tartar, we offer an antibacterial wash that washes away bacteria and promotes healing.

Receiving treatment for gum disease also requires patients to return to our practice within the next three to six months to ensure their recovery or to administer follow-up treatment.

In addition to periodontal maintenance, we offer cold sore therapy as well. This treatment addresses instances of fever blisters before they become a painful issue.

Gum Disease and Your Health

Gingivitis and advanced cases of periodontitis affect the rest of the body. Studies have proven the link between the heart and gum disease, showing signs of increased risk for coronary heart disease for those with tartar buildup below the gum line. An article published by the American Dental Association (ADA) website explains the link between the body and your smile, stating that gum disease may be related to systemic issues. Receiving periodontal maintenance can greatly reduce an individual’s susceptibility to contracting bodily issues like heart disease.

Schedule an Appointment!

Our practice is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal oral health. For periodontal disease maintenance in Spokane, WA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Von Tracy today!