Preventative and Periodontal Dentistry

Even if your parents lost their teeth at a young age, great preventive care can put you on the track to keep your natural smile for life. At John L. Kinsley, DDS General & Restorative Dentistry, we’re committed to helping you and your family take advantage of preventive therapies that reduce the risk of oral diseases.

Avoid Dental Problems Before They Start

In the majority of cases, it’s less expensive and quicker to treat tooth decay or gum infections when they’re identified in the early stages. As such, we highly recommend a preventive cleaning and exam every six months for our patients with healthy smiles.

During these appointments, we provide essential therapies such as:

Prophylactic cleanings: Even the cleanest smiles often have areas of tartar and stain buildup. Removing these deposits every six months can help you avoid unwanted periodontal (gum) disease.

Oral hygiene instruction: Sometimes our regular brushing and flossing habits just aren’t cutting it. Our dental hygienists know the tips and tricks to help you limit plaque and tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas.

Dental sealants: Protective sealants block out bacteria and acids in areas of the teeth that are especially prone to getting cavities, like the deep pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces. We recommend sealants for all children immediately after their permanent molars erupt.

Fluoride treatments: This important mineral can help to strengthen weak enamel, reversing the beginning phases of decay and even combat sensitivity.

Oral cancer screening: Cancerous and pre-cancerous oral tissues are highly challenging to locate on your own. In most cases, individuals never realize they have the disease until it reaches advanced stages. Risks of oral cancer include everything from sun exposure to viruses like HPV.

Nutritional counseling: Even the healthiest of individuals sometimes make common mistakes in their diet that can lead to rampant tooth decay. We’ll help you identify any hidden sources of acids or sugars that may be putting your smile at risk.

The Dangers of Periodontitis

When gingivitis goes overlooked, it spreads deeper into the tissues and bone around your teeth. In fact, this phase of infection (called periodontal disease or periodontitis) is the leading reason for adult tooth loss. Symptoms of gum disease typically include signs of:

  • Gums that bleed every time you brush and floss
  • Sensitive gum tissues or receding gumlines
  • Tooth mobility
  • Bad breath
  • Heavy tartar and stain buildup
  • Problems with food getting caught between your teeth

While you might not feel very worried about how this disease impacts your teeth, it’s important to note that periodontitis is linked with diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, Alzheimer’s, infertility, and more. Eliminating the active infection can make it possible for your overall quality of health to improve.

Treatments for Gum Disease

Once the bacteria under your gums causes tissue destruction, it’s impossible to get it to grow back. Fortunately, we can clean the deep pockets around your teeth so that the gums reattach before further bone is lost. That being said, a typical preventive cleaning just won’t do. Instead, we’ll slowly and carefully clean these areas and set you up so they are easier to maintain and prevent recurrent infection.

How long has it been since your last checkup? Call our office today to find out why Rocky River families have been coming to us for their dental needs for almost 100 years.