Farmington Hills, MI
A beautiful smile requires more than luminous, white teeth. It also requires healthy gums and a stable bone structure to which your teeth are attached.
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Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is pleased to provide complete dental care to patients. To schedule a complimentary consultation, please call 248-626-0772 or complete our online consultation form.
What is periodontology?
Periodontology (or periodontics) involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontists are experts in the treatment of oral inflammation and the placement of dental implants. Periodontics is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association and requires three additional years of training beyond dental school.
In addition to diagnosing patients with symptoms of periodontal disease, Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry fabricates the artificial teeth needed for dental implants and applies them after placement surgery.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is caused when the bacteria in plaque (a sticky film in our mouths) builds up and grows between the gums and teeth, causing the gums to become inflamed.
Gingivitis is the least severe type of periodontal disease and often results from inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis causes the gums to become red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. Luckily, this condition is reversible with proper dental care and attention to good oral hygiene. If left untreated, however, gingivitis can progress to a much more serious disease known as periodontitis.
There are many forms of periodontitis, including chronic, aggressive, and necrotizing periodontitis. The most common form is chronic periodontitis, which is characterized by pocket formation around the teeth and gum recession. Chronic periodontitis causes the supporting tissues of the teeth to become inflamed, leading to progressive bone loss and, eventually, tooth loss.
In addition to poor oral hygiene, other health and lifestyle factors can also contribute to periodontal disease. These include aging, genetic predisposition, and systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory disease. Smoking, stress, and improper nutrition, as well as certain medications, substance abuse, and other factors, can also contribute to this disease.
How can periodontal disease be prevented?
Fortunately, periodontal disease can be prevented. Brushing your teeth after meals and flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Daily use of mouthwash can help reduce plaque, kill bacteria, and remove any remaining food debris that brushing, and flossing might have missed.
Lifestyle changes, such as giving up smoking and changing your eating habits to include a healthy, nutritional diet that is low in sugar can also reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
Visit your dentist at least once a year to get a comprehensive examination of your teeth, gums, and other risk factors that may contribute to periodontal disease. Early identification of gum disease is essential to preventing more serious problems down the road.
Let our team at Dr. Scott J. Owens DDS help you achieve the perfect smile! Call us today at 248-600-4521 to schedule an appointment.
Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentists
Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
2nd Saturday of month 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
32931 Middlebelt Rd. Suite #608
Farmington Hills, MI 48334