At Dr. Jacob Stein’s practice, we provide quality periodontal care for our patients. Many Americans today suffer from gum disease that has gone undiagnosed. If untreated, periodontal disease can result in serious dental health problems and even tooth loss. Taking care of your gums can prevent damage to your jaw and tissues as well. To prevent or eliminate gum disease, visit Dr. Jacob Stein for periodontal care in Northborough, MA.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Bacteria buildup contributes to periodontal disease. Brushing and flossing daily can help to prevent this buildup. However, every day, bacteria that is not removed results in “tartar”. Tartar is plague that has hardened on the surface of the tooth near the gum line. While tartar cannot be removed with brushing or flossing, a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar through professional cleanings. Seeing our dentist regularly for tartar control and periodontal care can greatly reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
Risk Factors For Periodontal Disease
- Women or girls who are undergoing hormonal changes– hormonal changes make the gums more sensitive
- Cancer/Aids– treatment for these diseases can impair gum health
- Medications– many OTC medications inhibit saliva flow. Saliva helps to rid the mouth of bacteria.
- Genetics– some patients are more vulnerable to gum disease than others simply because of genetics
Our Periodontal Care Services- Scaling and Root Planning
For patients who have already developed gum disease, Dr. Jacob Stein offers periodontal care services that can treat diseases before dental health problems become severe. Scaling and root planning entails deep cleaning between the teeth and gums and reaches all the way to the roots. This procedure often requires anesthesia to numb the roots of the tooth.
Root planning and scaling is a procedure that is performed when the gums have begun to pull away from the teeth or when tartar has built up around the gums. After the procedure, gums should return to a healthy condition.
Am I a Candidate for Scaling and Root Planning?
While scaling and root planning is ideal for any patient suffering from gum disease, not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure. Scaling and root planning can result in infection in the gums or introduce bacteria into the bloodstream. If you have any of the following conditions, consult with our dentist before opting for scaling and root planning.
- You have heart complications/heart disease
- You have had recent surgery
- You have man-made body parts
- You have an impaired immune system