Periodontal Health

Interested in a lifetime of looking great and feeling great? Pay attention to your smile! There’s no denying the link between the act of smiling and its effect on physical and psychological health. Your smile is a great communicator and conveys your identity to the world around you. Your teeth aid in your ability to speak, chew and smile confidently. Facial bones, jaw joints, airway and digestion, cardiac, pulmonary and fetal health and even self-esteem also benefit from a full complement of healthy teeth. So where do you start? Visit your hygienist as recommended!

At Kerhoulas Dental, our doctors and hygienists are vigilant for signs and symptoms of periodontal disease. This is a progressive condition that swells the gums and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Once the jawbone has been lost to periodontal disease, it does not regenerate. Personal hygiene habits, genetics, medications, diet and systemic health all contribute to its rate of progression.

If you have been identified as having signs or symptoms of periodontal disease, our hygienist will recommend an aggressive approach to arrest its advancement. This active periodontal therapy is short term and requires ongoing follow up and effective home care to keep the disease in check.

We will personalize a therapeutic approach to your care that reflects your individual circumstances and health care values starting with an in-depth examination including x-rays and cancer screening.

Our philosophy of care is proactive, not passive. With your help, we can make significant improvements in your dental health.

Please remember, the goal of this therapy is not only to retain your existing teeth but also to preserve the jawbone for any future restorations that you may desire. The quality and quantity of jawbone is directly linked to your dental and systemic health, and to your comfort and appearance.

Your treatment may involve:

  • Deep Scaling
  • Quadrant Scaling
  • Use of local anesthetic for comfort
  • Use of chemotherapeutic agents
  • A plan for home care
  • Positive and constructive feedback
  • A discussion of alternatives