The research is convincing – gum disease is linked to many systemic diseases. Learn how soft tissue management by a Brampton dentist can help manage gum disease associated with many of these diseases.
WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?
Soft tissue managements helps to fix problems with gum disease. Early gum disease is called Gingivitis and is reversible with thorough and proper oral care. Thorough oral care should include brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least daily. Gingivitis is caused by a build up of plaque, which is why it is important to have regular dental visits and dental hygiene cleanings. If gingivitis goes without treatment, it turns into a condition called Periodontitis. This condition destroys your gums and the bone that supports your teeth. This is permanent damage and cannot be reversed without dental surgery. The leading cause of adult tooth loss is due to Periodontal disease.
HOW DOES GUM DISEASE AFFECT ME?
75% of adults are affected by periodontal disease at some point on their life. Periodontal disease affects more than just your mouth. Clinical evidence indicates that the bacteria which causes periodontal disease is also associated with other health issues such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE GUM DISEASE
In the starting stage, periodontal disease causes little or no pain. This means that the signs and symptoms such as puffy gums and bleeding may not be noticed. If you do not have thorough removal of the plaque through a dental hygiene cleaning, the disease will continue to grow and cause more damage. Periodontal disease left untreated may result in extensive bone destruction and possible tooth loss. It is important to detect and treat perdiodontal disease with proper home oral care to manage the disease.
WHAT DOES SOFT TISSUE MANAGEMENT DO FOR ME?
Soft tissue management is a structured and organized system that helps in the early detection, and non-surgical treatment of the starting phase of periodontal disease. Soft Tissue Management or STM also helps to maintain your oral health. STM also helps in early detection of changes to the mouth’s tissues as they are related to oral cancer. The STM treatment is performed by a dental hygienist and dentist. The goal of the treatment is to reduce infection and inflammation. It also teaches and makes recommendations specifically for you, so that you can maintain your oral health at home.
THE GOALS OF SOFT TISSUE MANAGEMENT:
• Fresh breath
• Improved Taste
• Reduction of deep areas in the mouth (pockets)
• Gums that are not tender, red or bleed easily
• Management and control of periodontal disease
• Personalized cleaning recommendations to maintain good oral hygiene at home
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
You just need to have a commitment to improving your health in the long term. We partner with you and engage you actively in order to restore your oral health and maintain it for life. 75% to 80% of your success in the soft tissue management program is based on your home care, 20% to 25% is based on the treatment you will receive in the dental office by the dental hygienist and/or dentist. It is important to have regular dental cleanings every 3 to 4 months to maintain your progress and to prevent a relapse in your oral health condition.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
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