Gum disease occurs in stages, and more than half of adults over the age of 30 have some form of it. This disease forms from excess plaque on your teeth and gums, which can easily be prevented with proper brushing techniques, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist and periodontist. If you feel you are at risk, you should talk to us right away. If you catch gum disease in the early, gingivitis stage, it could be reversed with proper cleaning and care.
Periodontal MaintenanceA periodontal maintenance procedure (PMP) is defined as a procedure that is recommended following periodontal treatment (such as scaling and root planing) and continues at varying intervals, determined by the clinical evaluation of the dentist.
These intervals can be as frequent as every two months and they can be extended as long as six months, depending on the patient. Keeping up your PMP interval is important because periodontal disease can recur without adequate follow-up.
PMP includes removal of plaque and tartar above and below the gums, scaling and root planing of specific areas, and polishing. PMP is always completed following active periodontal treatment such as scaling and root planing or more extensive gum surgery.
Reducing Gum Soreness During Gum Disease TreatmentWhen you are getting treated for gum disease, your gums are often a bit sore. This does go away on its own, but sometimes that can be longer than you want to wait. If your gums are sore and you want to reduce their soreness, give these quick remedies a try:
If the soreness is extreme, contact our office at (509) 452-7115, and we may be able to give you other ideas that can help take the pain away.
||Yakima Valley Periodontics
John M. Iasella, D.D.S.
410 S. 12th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902