Build Stronger Gums for Great Oral Health
Are you worried about gum disease? When it comes to oral hygiene, you may devote so much attention to your teeth that it is easy to overlook your gums. While flossing is one of the best ways you can prevent periodontal problems, even regular flossers can develop periodontal issues that need attention from a professional dentist. At Harmony Family Dentistry, Dr. Julie Jang and the entire team of dental professionals take pride in their ability to keep your mouth as clean and healthy as possible.
Benefits of Having Healthy Gums
Reasons to seek periodontal treatment include:
- Having nice breath: Skip the mints (which only mask the unpleasant odor of halitosis) and remove the bacteria that causes unpleasant breath.
- Reducing your risk of gum disease: Avoid gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Supporting your teeth: Your teeth are more likely to become loose or fall out if you have unhealthy gums.
- Improving your overall health: Gum disease can be a contributing factor to other conditions like diabetes and heart disease, so keeping your gums healthy can help you live longer.
Periodontal Treatments Available at Harmony Family Dentistry
Dr. Julie is an official Perio Protect Provider. This innovative treatment uses a medicated formula that can reach deep within the gums to kill bacteria that brushing and flossing cannot reach. At your appointment, Dr. Julie takes digital images that are sent to a lab to create customized trays for your mouth. Once the trays are ready, Dr. Julie develops a treatment schedule for you to follow at home to minimize the number of trips you need to make to our office.
After using Perio Protect, you will not only have healthier gums with less bleeding, but you should also notice that your breath smells better and your teeth look whiter — that’s because the medicated solution includes hydrogen peroxide, which also brightens your teeth. Many patients can avoid periodontal surgery with this treatment, while others use it after surgery to maintain good gum health.
Laser Bacterial Reduction
Laser bacterial reduction (LBR) is a quick treatment that Harmony Family Dentistry has incorporated as part of the pre-cleaning routine at the beginning of your biannual appointment. LBR uses laser energy to kill bacteria on and under the gums. Believe it or not, bacteria can spread easily to other areas of the gums during a standard cleaning, so this dramatically decreases the chances of your hygienist transporting bacteria from one area of your gums to another. Beyond that, destroying the bacteria also keeps your gums cleaner.
Another popular laser periodontal treatment is laser curettage. This therapy is ideal for patients with moderate to advanced stage gum disease. Laser energy can gently kill clusters of bacteria trapped within your gums. It is highly effective at reducing the pockets in your gums. Laser treatment is gentler than surgical options and promotes better tissue regeneration so that you can maintain healthy gums.
Schedule an Appointment
For fresh breath and gums that do not bleed when you floss, seek periodontal care from Washington’s most talented dental team. For an appointment at Harmony Family Dentistry, please call (360) 882-7866.