Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal Maintenance Chapel Hill NC

An infection of the gums known as periodontal disease eventually weakens the support of your natural teeth. There are multiple disease entities that call for various therapeutic modalities. Gum disease is mostly brought on by dental plaque in people with hereditary susceptibility to it. Most periodontal problems can be prevented with daily brushing and flossing.

Periodontal Maintenance Chapel Hill NC

More teeth are lost by gum disease (periodontitis) in those over 35 than by cavities. At some point in their lives, three out of every four adults experience this. By using proper dental brushing and flossing practices every day, you can prevent cavities and periodontal disease the most effectively.

Bacterial plaque is the root of both decay and periodontal disease. A white coating called plaque adheres to your teeth at the gum line. Your teeth are continually developing plaque. You may get rid of these microbes and help prevent periodontal disease by brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly each day.

Several distinct variables can speed up the progression of periodontal diseases. However, the bacteria in dental plaque, a sticky, white film that consistently builds on your teeth, are the main culprits. Plaque hardens into calculus, a harsh, porous substance if it is not properly eliminated by twice-daily brushing and flossing (or tartar).

Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition

Periodontal Disease

Plaque-forming bacteria create toxins that harm the gums and can make them swell, bleed easily, and turn red. If the discomfort persists, the gums will separate from the teeth, creating spaces (pockets). The bone and gum tissue that support teeth degrade as periodontal disorders advance. This results in tooth loss if neglected.

Preventing Gum Disease

Effective daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine professional inspections and cleanings, are the greatest ways to avoid gum disease. Unfortunately, periodontal disease can still develop in certain people even with the best at-home dental care. Once this disease has begun, professional assistance is required to stop it from spreading.

Worried About Periodontal Disease?

To maintain healthy gums, professional checkups, and cleanings are crucial. To make an appointment, get in touch with us.

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Dental Anxiety and Phobia


Up to 75% of Americans have some level of dental phobia, and 20% choose not to get their teeth cleaned as a result. We want you to know that our top goal is making you feel safe and at ease while visiting our office. Dental phobias and anxieties can manifest in many different ways, and each person has different fears. Dental anxiety can range from minor to serious, and it frequently manifests as a generalized feeling of fear and dread when anticipating a forthcoming surgery.