This video discusses the difference between a standard cleaning “prohpy” and peridontal therapy “perio recall.”

The Dental Health of Maplewood hygiene team will assess your gums for signs of periodontal disease at each of your checkups. Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. It has also been linked to increased risk for osteoporosis, heart attacks, strokes, complications with diabetes, and low-weight births. The bacteria can deteriorate gums, as well as bone tissue.

Gum disease seems innocent in the beginning stage, called gingivitis. Early symptoms include bleeding while brushing teeth, swelling, redness, or mild tenderness. By attending regular checkups every six months, you can avoid advanced gum disease. Our hygienists can teach you effective and easy brushing and flossing techniques to deter plaque buildup, the primary cause of gum disease. These preventive measures will help preserve your gums for a lifetime of healthy smiles!

If your gums show signs of gum disease in any phase, we will suggest periodontal therapy that may include scaling, root planing, Arestin antibiotic treatment, periodontal surgery,or referral to a periodontist for advanced cases that require surgery. Learn more about gum disease and periodontal therapy in our patient library.

If you notice the early warning signs of periodontal disease, or if you have not seen a dentist in the past six months, call Dental Health of Maplewood to schedule an appointment. Our conveniently located dental office serves patients in North St. Paul, St. Paul, White Bear Lake, and Minneapolis. Optimize your oral health!