Periodontal Care in Warren, MI

Healthy Gums, Healthy Smile

Your gums are an essential component of the state of your oral health. When your gums become infected, it can lead to other serious health complications. Fortunately, Warren Family Dentistry provides periodontal treatments for patients who have been diagnosed with gum disease. 

Learn about our treatment options below and how Dr. Behbood can get your gum health back on track.

What Is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is an oral infection in your gum tissue. It develops due to the buildup of plaque, a type of bacteria that sticks to your teeth and hardens. Once plaque has hardened, it turns into tartar – which is almost impossible to remove without a professional cleaning.

There are two stages of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis: The early stage of gum disease in which your gums can start to look red and inflamed. Most patients won’t feel any pain or experience other symptoms. 
  • Periodontitis: Without treatment, gingivitis develops into periodontitis. This is the more serious stage where bacteria start to destroy the underlying bones and tissues in the mouth, causing severe pain and other health problems. 

Symptoms of Gum Disease

As one of the most common oral health diagnoses, gum disease can often be reversed with early detection and treatment. However, many patients may not know the warning signs and neglect treatment, causing a risk of gum recession and tooth loss. 

It’s important to seek treatment as soon as the first signs of gum disease appear. Some symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Red, swollen, and tender gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Widening gaps between teeth

Gum Disease Risk Factors

Gum disease affects millions of Americans. You may be at risk if you don’t properly care for your oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting Dr. Behbood for regular appointments once every six months. 

In addition, the following factors can increase your risk of developing gum disease:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Severe stress
  • Medications that reduce saliva production
  • Certain health conditions, like cancer or AIDS
  • Genetics – a family history of gum disease

Periodontal Treatment Solutions

Warren Family Dentistry wants our patients to have healthy gums and a beautiful smile. Our professional team will do everything we can to ensure that your gum disease doesn’t progress into periodontitis. Learn how we can treat your gum disease below.

Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a professional deep cleaning. This treatment is the most effective for patients suffering from mild to moderate gum disease. During this procedure, Dr. Behbood will use an ultrasonic cleaning device and other advanced dental tools to thoroughly clean your gums and remove built-up plaque. 

We’ll smooth out the rough surface of the tooth and roots to prevent bacteria from settling into the freshly sanitized area. This provides a healthy and clean surface that encourages gum reattachment. 

ARESTIN® Gum Therapy

In addition to your deep cleaning, Arestin may be applied after your cleaning to help ward off bacteria and stop further infection. Arestin is designed to reduce the depth of pockets in your gum tissue, decreasing the amount of bacteria in your mouth. 

We’ll apply Arestin directly to the pockets between your gums and teeth. This medication will fight your infection for about two weeks, helping you achieve pristine oral health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit Warren Family Dentistry 

You can avoid costly and invasive treatments in the future by focusing on prevention. Our team wants to keep you free of gum disease and in the best of health. 

If you feel you may be suffering from gum disease, contact our Warren practice by calling (586) 574-9500 to schedule an appointment. You can also fill out our convenient online contact form to reach our experienced team.

Warren Family Dentistry

11250 E. 13 Mile Rd.
Suite 3
Warren, MI 48093

Office Hours

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