Periodontal Care Seattle

What is Periodontal Maintenance?

Periodontal maintenance is performed to arrest the progression of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease isn’t cured, but it can be stopped from progressing further. The procedures include: Antimicrobial agents that eliminate bacteria, delicate soft-tissue laser, perio-maintenance cleanings, and root planning & scaling (deep cleaning).

What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

Both gingivitis and periodontitis are caused by bacteria in your mouth on your teeth and in your gums. Plaques are formed and it is the bacteria in these plaques that cause both gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis (gum inflammation) usually comes before periodontitis (gum disease). However, it is important to know that not all gingivitis progresses to periodontitis. But, when gingivitis is left untreated, it can become periodontitis and when that happens the inner layer of the gums pulls away from the teeth, leaving little spaces which can become infected. When this happens, tooth loss can occur.

If you are concerned about your periodontal health and looking for a great dentist in Seattle, contact us today at 206.397.4440.