Did you know periodontal disease affects 3 out of 4 adults. The effects of periodontal disease reach far beyond the oral cavity. There is evidence which indicates the bacteria which causes periodontal disease can reach beyond the oral cavity any may be associated with other health issues such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes*
In the early stages of periodontal disease there is little, or no pain; therefore, the signs & symptoms such as puffiness and bleeding may go unnoticed. Without thorough removal, toxins from biofilm cause the disease process to continue. Periodontal disease left untreated may result in extensive bone destruction and possible tooth loss.
Soft Tissue Management vs General Cleaning
Proper early diagnosis & treatment in conjunction with correct home care can control and manage the periodontal disease process. Our practice will refer to the timely diagnosis and treatment of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease as Soft Tissue Management.
You may be wondering “why can’t I just come in for a regular dental cleaning”. Let’s break this down cleaning versus soft tissue management.
A regular routine dental cleaning, is where the dental hygienist uses a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar around your gum line, as well as in between your teeth. The more build up a patient has the longer it will take the hygienist to clean those teeth. These appointments are more geared towards maintenance appointments because your base and your overall gum health is good. That means your gums are healthy, they are a nice pink colour and do not bleed during brushing or flossing.
If a patient has not seen a dentist in a very long time or the patient has LOTS of tarter build up and gum disease, the dentist will recommend a soft tissue management program, where the hygienist can split the mouth into quad scaling or half and half to get you and your gum health back to a normal healthy state, that way you can proceed with a routine cleaning moving forward. A common indicator for unhealthy gums is swelling, redness, receding gums, bleeding when you brush and floss. If you choose not to proceed with the STM program that has been recommended, and you do not maintain cleanings every 3 months, you are at a higher risk of periodontal disease, and that may lead you to have to see a periodontist and be put under the knife.
So come in and have your teeth and gum health assessed.