The maintenance or restoration of healthy gums is a focus of our preventive dental care program at Holladay Dental Excellence. Dr. Val Ludlow emphasizes the important role that your gums play in maintaining the long term integrity of your teeth as well as your overall health and well-being.
Understanding Gum Disease: Stages and Symptoms
Dr. Ludlow screens for gum disease at every preventive care visit, looking for the early warning signs that can be treated conservatively to avoid further damage. These can include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Irritated, bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Shifting teeth
- Persistent bad breath, halitosis
- Changes in the fit of dentures or oral appliances
There are two key stages of gum disease, each of which can have a progression of symptoms. Typically, patients do not realize they have gum disease until the later stages, when damage to the gums affects the teeth or gums become significantly irritated.
Gingivitis: early stage gum disease, gingivitis is typically easy to treat but may require additional at home care to prevent it from returning. Patients with recurring gingivitis may benefit from more frequent dental cleanings in our dentist office.
Periodontitis: advanced gum disease, periodontitis can cause permanent damage to gum tissue and weaken the teeth. This often requires intensive treatment to address damage and restore oral health.
Recent scientific studies have consistently shown the relationship between periodontal disease and an increased risk for developing or being more severely affected by cardiovascular and systemic diseases. When caught early, conservative treatment can be effective and quickly restore your oral health.
Treating Gum Disease in Salt Lake City
Dr. Ludlow will recommend the appropriate treatment for the stage and severity of your periodontal disease. A highly trained dentist with over 35 years of experience, Dr. Ludlow can help you get back a healthy smile through effective periodontal therapy targeted to your specific needs.
Our treatment options can include:
- Antibacterial rinses: for mild gingivitis or those who have chronic gum disease, the use of antibacterial rinses at home is often recommended for restoring and maintaining gum health between visits.
- Scaling and root planing: a thorough and intense cleaning procedure to remove the build up of plaque and tartar that is causing pockets along the gum line.
- LANAP: Dr. Ludlow offers the LANAP procedure for advanced gum disease to restore and regenerate healthy gum tissue without the need for oral surgery.
Maintaining Your Gum Health with Perio Protect®
Perio Protect is an innovative way to maintain your gum health after LANAP therapy. PerioProtect’s patented design uses Perio Trays to administer medication to the periodontal pockets that are susceptible to build up of gum disease-causing bacteria. Perio Protect can reach regions of your mouth that normal brushing, flossing, and mouthwashes can not. Dr. Ludlow may suggest Perio Protect to help maintain your oral health and prevent the spread of bacteria. This non-invasive, virtually painless treatment can be used in the comfort of your own home at your convenience. Easy to use, comfortable, and discreet, Perio Protect helps to maintain your LANAP results for optimal oral health. Dr. Ludlow will custom design and fabricate your trays to meet your specific oral health needs.
Holladay Dental Excellence is a Premier Provider of Perio Protect products in the Salt Lake City area. Patients can purchase any recommended items and refills at our front desk.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have concerns about the health of your gums or would like a second opinion before having oral surgery for advanced gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ludlow in our Holladay, UT dentist office. We welcome new patients and offer sedation dentistry for anyone suffering with poor oral health as a result of dental anxiety.
Restoring healthy gums is important for the maintenance of a lasting smile. Contact us at (801) 742-8441 or request an appointment online.