During Treatment Your gum disease treatment will depend on more than one thing, including your personal health history and the stage of your gum disease. The first step in treating gum disease usually involves a special deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. This treatment may be done over more than one visit, depending on your personal needs. Scaling: Your dentist or hygienist removes plaque and tartar down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. Root Planing: Then, the root surfaces of your teeth are smoothed, or “planed”, to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the teeth. Your dentist may recommend certain medicines to help control infection and pain or to aid healing. These can include a pill, a mouthrinse or a medication that is placed directly into the periodontal pocket after the treatment. t ure th. pth the oom eeth, ign of ry deep pport doesn’t all out his by le. Care after Treatment You will have a follow-up visit with your dentist Another dental visit will be scheduled within a few weeks or months after your last scaling and root planing treatment. At this visit, your dentist or hygienist will look at your gums to see how they have healed. They will measure the periodontal pockets again. If the pockets have gotten deeper and the supporting bone is lost, more treatment may be needed. Once your periodontal treatment is completed, your dentist may recommend more frequent checkups and cleanings. Regular dental visits and periodic deep cleanings are important to keep your gum disease under control. Depending on your personal case, your appointments may switch between your general dentist and periodontist. Keep up with your oral hygiene at home! Good oral hygiene at home also is very important to help keep gum disease from getting worse or from coming back. Daily home cleaning helps keep plaque under control and reduces tartar buildup. Brush your teeth 2 times a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride (FLOOR-eyed). Floss your teeth (or use another between-the-teeth cleaner) once a day. You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease! Brush, clean between your teeth, eat a healthy diet and visit your dentist regularly for a lifetime of healthy smiles. BRUSH TWICE A DAY FLOSS EVERY DAY Dental x-rays usually are taken to check for the amount of bone supporting your teeth. Low bone levels can be a sign of damage from gum disease. All dentists are trained to detect and treat gum disease. Your dentist may also refer you to a periodontist (perry-o-DON-tist) a dentist who specializes in the treatment of gum disease. A periodontist is also well versed in the surgical treatment of gum disease. howing a ween the gums. Advanced periodontal disease X-ray showing supporting bone. X-ray showing periodontal bone loss. X-rays Periodontal treatment is not the same as regular cleanings! These treatments are deeper cleanings that focus on getting your infection and inflammation under control. Be sure to follow all of the treatment recommendations of your dentist or else your gum disease could get worse. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root planing smoothes the tooth root and helps the gums re-attach to the tooth. Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar down to the root of the tooth. Image © Elsevier. All rights reserved. If you use tobacco in any form, it is important to quit. Smoking, vaping, chewing or dipping can cause problems for your healing process and make it harder for your gum disease to improve. Ask your dentist or physician for information about ways to quit. BEST SELLER Periodontal Maintenance: Stay on Top of Gum Disease This brochure explains why periodontal maintenance is different from routine dental cleanings. Emphasizes that professional help is vital to control periodontal disease but the patient must also commit to an excellent oral care routine at home. Explains how regular periodontal cleanings reduce bacteria and help pockets shrink. Touches on the oral-systemic connection and cautions against tobacco use. New probing illustrations and before-and-after photos of periodontal treatment! W263 English, 8 panels, 50 per pack W298 Spanish PERSONALIZE IT! #DAB037 BEST SELLER Scaling and Root Planing: A Treatment for Gum Disease “You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease” forms the central message of this best- selling brochure. It guides patients to accept needed treatment by showing the stages of periodontal disease with compelling graphics. Explains how perio is diagnosed through probing and x-rays. Describes how SRP differs from routine dental cleanings and the benefits of treatment encourages patients to avoid tobacco and keep follow-up appointments. Also gives tips for post-treatment care and oral hygiene at home. Now includes photos of probing a deceivingly deep pocket and scaling with a curette. W613 English, 8 panels, 50 per pack W299 Spanish PERSONALIZE IT! #DAB034 Your dentist or hygienist may recommend that you use a mouthrinse and/or powered toothbrush. Look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on all dental care products. The ADA Seal tells you that the product has met ADA standards for safety and effectiveness. isits its than ems of an plaque t will based dental your dentist ) a of gum in the ontal to keep et worse. sign that e’s case is tist about lly to you. Your teeth and gums may be sensitive Your teeth and gums may be sensitive after your treatment. This soreness may make you want to avoid cleaning the treated areas. But it’s important to keep brushing your teeth gently and flossing to remove plaque! If plaque is not removed, root decay and cavities may form. Ask your dentist or hygienist if a special toothpaste or other treatments can lower your tooth sensitivity. Keep Brushing and Flossing! Brushing and cleaning between your teeth are important for everyone, but even more so if you have gum disease. You should brush your teeth 2 times a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride (FLOOR-eyed). Floss or use some other between-the-teeth cleaner every day to remove the plaque and bits of food between your teeth and gums. If your gums have pulled away from your teeth, special brushes and wider types of floss and picks may be good choices for you. People with diabetes or heart disease are more likely to get gum disease. Strokes and high stress also may be related to gum disease. Researchers are still studying these links. Diseases that affect the whole body such as diabetes, blood cell disorders and HIV can lower your body’s ability to fight infections. This can allow gum disease to quickly get worse. Do not use tobacco in any form. Smoking, chewing, vaping and dipping puts you at a higher risk for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Tobacco use also can make gum disease more severe and make it harder to treat it. If you use tobacco, ask your dentist or doctor for information about how to quit. Your oral health affects your overall health Do your part and work with your dental team With the help of your dental team, you don’t have to lose your teeth to gum disease! Treatment is most effective if you and your dental team work together. Your dentist has treated your gum disease, but you must also do your part and take good care of your teeth and gums at home every day. If you don’t keep up your part of the treatment, it may take longer for your gum disease to get under control and you may even need to have scaling and root planing or another kind of treatment done again. Is treatment covered by insurance? Check with your insurance provider when you are planning treatment with your dental office. However, treatment should be decided by you and your dentist not by your benefits plan. If your treatment is not fully covered by insurance, ask the dental office if it has a payment plan to cover the rest. Keep in mind that having periodontal treatment now may be less expensive than replacing a tooth lost to disease! STANDARD BROCHURES PACKS MEMBER RETAIL 1 $28.00 $42.00 2-9 $23.80 $35.70 10+ $21.00 $31.50 PERSONALIZED BROCHURES QTY MEMBER RETAIL 150 $82.50 $124.00 400 $196.00 $300.00 800 $360.00 $540.00 Pricing for Perio Brochure PACKS MEMBER RETAIL 1 $35.00 $52.50 2-9 $29.75 $44.65 10+ $26.25 $39.35 BEST SELLER Periodontal Disease: Don’t Wait Until It Hurts It’s easy to see why it’s the ADA’s most popular brochure. This comprehensive brochure uses up-to-date images and plain language to review every aspect of perio from prevention to treatment making it effective and impactful to a huge portion of your patients. With crystal clear illustrations of probing, SRP, and periodontal surgery, along with bone loss x-rays and “stages of perio” photos. Emphasizes above all else that early treatment is key to preventing tooth loss. W121 English, 12-page booklet, 50 per pack W222 Spanish #DAB009 Prices on page 98 PERSONALIZE IT! Pricing for Brochures PATIENT EDUCATION 52 ORDER BY PHONE: 800.947.4746 PERIODONTAL DISEASE ORDER ONLINE: ADACATALOG.ORG 53
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