Periodontal Care and Maintenance

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Periodontal Care Hamilton, NJ

Healthy gums are at the foundation of a beautiful smile. When gums are healthy, teeth can last well into the age of retirement. Dr. Joseph Ricciardi offers periodontal care and maintenance in Hamilton, NJ. Schedule a consultation today!

Eliminating Gum Disease across Mercer County

A strong set of gums helps to keep teeth in place and provide the support necessary to maintain jaw health in good standing. Poor gum health leads to gum recession, pocket development, and risk for greater systemic issues in the body. If left untreated, gingivitis and advanced cases of periodontal disease can lead to eventual tooth loss.

When caught early, however, periodontal disease can be reversed, and gums can reattach themselves to teeth.

Gums and Your Overall Health

While gingivitis isn’t entirely visible, it is a great detriment to oral and overall health. Oral health is directly linked to the rest of the body. It is the first line of defense against bacteria entering through the mouth. Exposed tooth roots caused by poor gum hygiene allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, a direct route to the heart. This leaves an individual at greater risk for developing systemic issues like heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, gingivitis tends to have a compounding effect on health, worsening as time goes on without treatment.

The signs of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed when flossing
  • Gums that bleed while brushing
  • Pain while flossing or brushing
  • Sensitivity

Treatment and Recovery

Dental health compromised by gum disease can receive treatment with scaling and root planing, a procedure that removes tartar buildup from below the gum line. Once teeth are free from tartar, the surface of each tooth is smoothed, protecting areas that may be at greater risk for developing tartar buildup.

After receiving scaling and root planing, patients should remain aware of their exposed tooth roots and may be susceptible to reinfection. Ensure that you maintain exceptional cleanliness following scaling and planing to prevent these issues.

Once teeth are free from tartar buildup, the gums can reattach to teeth and reverse the effects that occur with gum disease. While gums cannot grow back, patients experience exponentially better oral health.

Receive Periodontal Maintenance today!

Your gum health is important in contributing to overall oral health. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ricciardi to determine if periodontal maintenance is required.


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