Periodontal Maintenance

Gum disease can lead to serious complications, including tooth loss. It develops when your body produces too much bacteria on its own accord and these germs attack the natural support structures of teeth which cause them to gradually destroy over time. The best way you could prevent this from happening would be by daily brushing and flossing every day while also making sure not to eat foods high in sugar such as candy bars because they contribute significantly towards plaque buildup within our mouths

At Nevada City Smiles in Nevada City, CA, we are committed to doing everything we can to make sure your oral health is as strong as possible. As a result, we provide periodontal maintenance for those suffering from gum disease. We will create a treatment plan with you and take the necessary steps to restore the strength and function of your smile.  

The Importance Of Oral Hygiene

The bacteria in your mouth cause plaque to form on the surfaces of your teeth. You can remove this plaque by brushing and flossing every day, which will help prevent you from developing periodontal disease. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth daily, plaque will form into hard calculus (or tartar). This gritty substance is what causes some people’s gums to recede. 

Other factors that could affect the health of your gums are as follows:

  • Smoking 
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Cleaning & grinding of teeth
  • Certain types of medication
  • Poor nutrition

Periodontal Disease

Adults over 35 lose more teeth and tend to develop gum disease. A common cause of gum disease is cavity-causing sugary foods or drinks that coat the inside of our mouths with plaque, which leads us into trouble later on down the line when they become infected!

The bacteria found in plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums, causing them to turn red and swell. If this irritation is prolonged the gums begin to separate from the teeth as well as cause pocket depth to increase. If left untreated for a length of time, it could lead to tooth loss, which will harm both your oral and overall health. Treatment for periodontal disease will be implemented on an individual basis depending upon how severe their condition has become. 

Symptoms Of Periodontal Disease

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Painful chewing 
  • Gums that are sensitive to touch
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Pus between your teeth & gums
  • New spaces developing between your teeth
  • Receding gums, making your teeth look longer


ARESTIN® is an antibiotic that kills harmful bacteria and can be placed in your gums to kill off any bacteria. It’s applied after scaling and root planing, which removes stubborn plaque from the area where brushing or flossing cannot reach. The treatment starts working quickly at the source of infection and keeps fighting bacteria long after leaving our office. It provides significantly better results than scaling and root planing alone. With ARESTIN®, you can get back to enjoying your life soon after getting treated!

The best way to avoid periodontal disease includes daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations. If you do develop any form of periodontal problems despite these precautions then don’t hesitate to call today for an appointment with one of our specialists.

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