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Dental cleanings and Gum treatments

Dental-Cleaning-Periodontal-300x239Regular dental visits are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. For maximum benefit, a good home care regimen must be supplemented with an examination at least every six months.

We encourage you to visit your dentist for a professional hygiene cleaning at least twice a year. To maintain oral health, it’s very important that you stay up to speed on the condition of your teeth, so that if problems are detected, they can be treated early to avoid developing more serious issues.

At Beacon Hill Dental we provide comfortable, gentle hygiene cleanings, specifically targeted to detect, deter and prevent gum disease. If we find a cause for concern, we may recommend a deep gum therapy to remove tartar below the gum line, smooth out surfaces where plaque builds up and eliminate bacterial infection.

Professional Cleanings will help to detect possible health risks such as oral cancer and gum disease, prevent tooth loss, maintain good physical health, eliminate bad breath and help you to have a brighter smile. Call Beacon Hill Dental today at (219) 750-1150 to schedule a gentle professional hygiene cleaning.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease

Periodontal Disease affects millions of Americans. Adults over age 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases than from cavities. Seventy five percent of adults are affected at some time in their lives.  It is a painless infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth and is the largest cause of tooth loss.

Bacterial plaque is a colorless film that sticks to your teeth at the gum line and is a primary cause of gum disease. This film constantly forms on your teeth; you can remove most of it thorough a diligent home care routine consisting of daily brushing and flossing. Ignored, plaque will harden into calculus, also called tartar. Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, causing them to swell and bleed easily. Untreated, the gums may separate from the teeth, causing pockets at the gum line. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate and leads to tooth loss.

Additional factors affecting gum health include:

Recent studies also suggest possible relationships between periodontal infection and heart disease, diabetes and increased incidence of pre-term, low-birth weight babies. Recent studies have even indicated a relationship between periodontal disease and pancreatic and oral cancers. Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include bleeding, swollen or tender gums, bad breath that doesn’t go away, loose teeth, pus between your teeth and gums, or a change in the way your teeth fit together.

The good news is that detection of periodontal disease is relatively simple utilizing diagnostic procedures which we will perform during the Comprehensive Exam.

At Beacon Hill Dental we have found the most effective treatment from slight to moderate cases of periodontal disease is to perform scaling and root planning (deep cleaning above and below the gum line) to remove dental plaque.

Call us at (219) 750-1150 or click here to contact us for more information about our Dental services.

Beacon Hill Dental102 East 107th AvenueCrown Point, IN 46307(219) 750-1150

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