Redlands, CA, offers periodontal therapy for patients with gum disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can impact more than just the appearance of the smile. This condition, if left undiagnosed and untreated, can spread and cause an infection that damages the gums, bone, and natural teeth. If you want to learn how to have healthy gums, it is imperative that you get the dental care you need with a professional in the Redlands, CA area. Dr. Jennifer Nation and her associates at Brookside Smiles Dentistry are pleased to offer periodontal therapy for patients who have received a diagnosis of gum disease.

Understanding gum disease

Periodontal disease is a condition that is completely avoidable with proper home health care and routine visits to the dentist. It is caused by poor oral health habits that allow bacteria to form in the mouth and multiply, causing an infection. This infection starts as gingivitis, causing red, swollen gums that might bleed when patients brush or floss. At this first sign of infection, patients should get an evaluation by their dentist to get a proper diagnosis and discuss gum disease treatment.

What treatment options are available?

  • Thorough cleaning โ€“ in the earliest stage, gingivitis, patients can restore their smile with a thorough cleaning by one of our dental hygienists. The dental hygienist may also apply sealants or fluoride to act as another barrier against cavities as well.
  • Antibiotics โ€“ since periodontal disease is an infection, it can be managed with the use of antibiotics. Dr. Jennifer Nation may provide antibiotic treatment directly to the gums or prescribe oral antibiotics to address the infection from the inside out.
  • Scaling and root planing โ€“ later stages of gum disease require scaling and root planing, where the dentist will get deep within the mouth to remove the infection. This is more aggressive than a standard cleaning and may need to be done regularly to stabilize the infection in the mouth.

Discuss the advantages of periodontal therapy

If you have received a diagnosis of gum disease, you must get a proper diagnosis and discuss gum disease treatment with a professional in the Redlands, CA community. Dr. Jennifer Nation highly recommends calling Brookside Smiles Dentistry at (909) 300-9044 to request a consultation visit and discuss the advantages of periodontal therapy. Her practice is located at 1510 Barton Road and accepts new patients.