PERIODONTAL CARE / FRESH BREATH
AT GUNITSKIY FAMILY DENTISTRY
Periodontal hygiene is not a luxury, but a necessary procedure
Dark plaque gradually appears on the teeth and impossible to remove it with a toothbrush
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums
Untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. This is more serious and can eventually lead to loss of teeth
Periodontal (gum) disease is silent and chronic, rarely giving an advanced warning that tissue destruction is taking place. It is a chronic condition that is not cured but can be stabilized and maintained. Periodontists have a great track record when it comes to getting periodontal conditions under control. Once the initial treatment has been completed, maintenance care is essential for future good oral health.
Scaling and root planing is the most common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal disease. Scaling is the removal of calculus (commonly called tartar) and plaque that attach to the tooth surfaces. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root. Plaque is more likely to stick to rough surfaces. For this reason, the root surface is smoothed down in a process called root planing. Root planing removes any remaining calculus and smoothes irregular areas of the root surface.
Tartar (Dental Tartar) is a plaque caused by bacteria that combine with proteins or food debris to form hard plaque on the edge of the tooth attached to the gums leading to gum disease and subsequent tooth loss.
Dental scaling is the use of dental tools to remove tartar deposits that form on the teeth and between the teeth. This is to prevent gum and tooth disease that may occur. A warning sign that it's time for scaling is when the bleeding occurs while brushing.
To keep your breath fresh you must not only keep your mouth clean and fresh, but be checked for potential gum disease. If you do have bad breath, try keeping a diary of all the foods you eat and list any medicines you are taking. Bring the diary with you to your appointment and be sure to show Dr. Gunitskiy and his team so they can accurately diagnose and make suggestions to get rid of halitosis.
Brushing teeth and gums twice daily is extremely important in maintaining a healthy mouth. Without cleaning in-between your teeth you are only cleaning 60% of your tooth surface. Plaque, bacteria and food debris gets trapped in-between teeth and can stagnate and cause bad breath – Dr. Gunitskiy and his team will show you how to clean in-between teeth effectively to prevent bad breath and cavities. As part of your hygiene session you will be shown a variety of cleaning aids and advised on which would work best on you. Dr. Gunitskiy and his team have a wide variety of tools to assist you with interdental cleaning, please let us know your preference:
interdental brushes with Proxabrush and Sulcabrush
flossettes - good especially for kids
Bad breath could be caused by a tooth that has dental decay. Plaque, bacteria and food debris can get trapped in a tooth cavity, stagnate and cause bad breath over time - let Dr. Gunitskiy check your mouth for tooth decay and try eliminate bad breath once and for all.
Chewing sugar-free gum helps your mouth produce saliva and stops it from drying out. A dry mouth can lead to bad breath and tooth decay. If you continue to suffer from bad breath make sure to give Dr. Gunitskiy and his team a visit to check that it's not caused by a more serious underlying problem.
The health of the oral cavity can effect the entire body
If you suffer from unhealthy gums and teeth you may be risking the spread of the infection systemically to other parts of your body. Registered Hygienists that work with Dr. Gunitskiy can help prevent this by cleaning your teeth and gums with hand scalers and ultrasonic scalers, ultimately prolonging the life of your teeth and keeping your mouth healthy.
Dr. Gunitskiy and his team routinely provide help and advice on how to look after your teeth and gums to keep your mouth feeling its freshest and healthiest.