Periodontal Care

Periodontal care is the practice of diagnosing, treating, and preventing gum disease. Healthy gums play an important part in your dental health, in addition to your overall health. Dr. Foote provides regular checkups, gum disease treatment and dental restoration options for improving your oral health and reversing the progression of gum disease.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a health condition caused by bacteria and tartar building up on the teeth and causing the gums to become infected or inflamed. You may have a form of gum disease if you often experience bleeding, sore or swollen gums. Other symptoms include persistent bad breath, receding gum line, sensitive gums or teeth and loose teeth.

There are different types of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis – Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease that usually has mild symptoms such as bleeding gums. Gingivitis is reversible with better oral hygiene, regular checkups and periodontal care. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis. Learn more about gingivitis treatment.
  • Periodontitis – Periodontitis is a more serious form of gum disease that can lead to permanent damage to gum tissue and the bone surrounding the teeth. In order to diagnose gum disease, Dr. Foote will take dental x-rays, measure the depth of pockets or examine your teeth and gums for severe tartar build up or excessive bleeding.

Ways to Prevent Gum Disease

You can prevent the progression of gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for periodontal care. 

Tips for preventing and treating gum disease:

  • Professional teeth cleaning – This procedure will involve removing any tartar or plaque that is difficult to remove during brushing or flossing. It is recommended that you get your teeth cleaned twice per year (these visits are often covered by your dental insurance).
  • Visit your dentist to repair cavities – If you suspect that you have a cavity, it is important to get it repaired immediately to prevent further decay or irritation to the teeth or gums. 
  • Undergo orthodontic care – Crooked or misaligned teeth often make it difficult to properly brush or floss your teeth, in addition to making it easier for plaque or tartar to build up and cause gum irritation or infection. Dr. Foote offers Invisalign, but can also provide referrals for orthodontic services in the Columbia, Mo. area.
  • Improve oral hygiene – While all of these services can help reverse and treat gum disease, regular oral hygiene is key to producing healthy gums. Click to learn our general teeth cleaning tips for brushing, flossing and caring for your teeth and gums.

Make an Appointment

Gum disease can affect your overall health, so it’s important to schedule regular checkups and teeth cleanings to maintain healthy gums. If you have symptoms of gum disease, make an appointment with Dr. Foote to discuss your treatment options.