Periodontal Care Can Protect Your Smile and Overall Health

Your dental health not only depends on structurally sound teeth. Your gums also contribute to your oral wellness. Gum disease is a common concern that can cause discomfort, tooth loss, and many other symptoms. Fortunately, Dr. John R. Striebel offers effective periodontal care at his Miamisburg, OH, office. Focusing largely on preventive care, Dr. Striebel’s exams and cleanings can often keep oral bacteria at bay. However, if you do develop gum disease, he can treat the condition in its varying stages. Scaling and root planing is one of the most common treatments. Also known as a deep cleaning, this procedure can prevent significant dental damage, and it can even protect your overall physical health. We may also use dental lasers for certain patients, which promote a quick recovery and minimized discomfort.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, or periodontitis, develops when there is an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth. Initially, the microbes will gather on your teeth, but over time, they can move deep into your gums. Bacterial pockets will form around your dental roots, and you could suffer inflammation, discomfort, bad breath, and bleeding. As the pockets grow larger, your gums will start to pull away, causing your teeth to loosen or even fall out.

Gum disease is a chronic condition which cannot be cured. Nevertheless, appropriate care can keep the disease at bay to prevent tooth loss and other concerns.

Diagram showing stages of periodontal disease
As gum disease worsens, pockets develop along the gum line.


Periodontal Care with Dr. Striebel

Dr. Striebel’s first goal is to prevent the development of gum disease. For this reason, among others, he encourages patients to schedule cleanings and exams at least twice a year. That way, your hygienist can remove harmful bacteria before it affects your gums. Dr. Striebel can also look for the symptoms of gum disease, and he can treat the condition in its early stages.

Even if you do develop gum disease, our treatment can help to eradicate bacteria and reduce your risk for dental damage.

Fortunately, even if you do develop gum disease, our treatment can help to eradicate bacteria and reduce your risk for dental damage. Most often, Dr. Striebel will recommend scaling and root planing. During this process, your hygienist will remove the pockets of bacteria from around your dental roots. Topical antibiotics can help to eliminate microbes further. Your practitioner will also smooth your dental roots using gentle techniques. Rough patches can trap bacteria, leading to reinfection. During your deep cleaning, your gums will be numb, so you should feel little to nothing. Plus, your hygienist will use incredibly precise techniques to reduce the impact to your gums and to ensure a speedy recovery.

The Importance of Periodontal Care

Periodontal treatment is important because it can protect the health of your smile. When you receive timely treatment, you can avoid tooth loss and the need for more extensive restorative care. Our periodontal treatment can also eliminate dental sensitivity, bad breath, and gum inflammation.

In addition, proper periodontal care can protect your systemic wellness, particularly your cardiovascular health. Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. The exact connection is still unclear, but some researchers speculate that oral bacteria contribute to blood clots. Others believe that oral inflammation contributes to inflammation and hardening of the blood vessels. Other experts believe that gum disease does not directly cause heart attacks, but it can be an indication of your risk for cardiovascular disease. All experts agree, however, that healthy gums and appropriate periodontal care are essential for your long-term health.

Schedule an Exam Today

Whether you need a preventive cleaning, or you are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, reach out today. Contact us online or call us at (937) 291-1822 for the outstanding care that you deserve.