What is Periodontal Care?
Our tagline at Peninsula Family Dentistry is “Healthier Teeth–Healthier You.” This statement represents our commitment to helping you manage this condition. Managing your condition will help you maintain if not improve your overall health.
Untreated periodontal disease can have serious implications such as bone and/or tooth loss, and systemic conditions like cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, respiratory issues and chronic kidney disease. We want to help you avoid these issues.
If you are considered a “perio patient,” this means you will receive a higher level of hygiene care and disease management–and that both your success and comfort are paramount to us. Our patients do very well with their periodontal care in Gig Harbor, so there is no reason to panic. We specialize in “taking away the worry.”
Your in-office care will consist of:
- Three to four dental hygiene appointments per year–including an oral exam, oral cancer check, X-rays, as needed. We use ultrasonic scaling technology to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Deep cleaning often includes scaling and root planing
- One of these appointments includes an annual Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation. Dr. Duffy and your hygienist will evaluate your teeth, gums, plaque, bite, bone structure and risk factors to determine the state of your periodontal health
- Answering your questions and concerns about your condition. If your condition appears to be changing, Dr. Duffy will take any necessary steps to address your needs
How To Practice Proper Periodontal Care at Home
Good home care is critical to successful management of periodontal disease. Your routine should include:
- Brushing twice daily for two minutes each, using a fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing your teeth daily to help remove the plaque buildup from the surface of the teeth
- Replacing your toothbrush every four to six weeks
- Not smoking or using tobacco products
- Eating a healthy diet and drink plenty of water
- Making your scheduled hygiene appointments a priority
Options for Brushing and Flossing
Cleaning your teeth properly means cleaning every surface of each tooth. This includes getting into the cracks between your teeth with your toothbrush, by flossing or using a dental pick. You can brush your teeth with an old-fashioned toothbrush. You may find it easier to use an electric toothbrush, a WaterPik®, or similar product. This takes the effort out of brushing and allows you to focus on positioning the head or water stream more effectively.
Peace of Mind
- Our patients have discovered that Dr. Duffy and our hygiene team are dedicated experts and do all we can to help make your visit pleasant and your care comfortable and effective.
- If you don’t have dental insurance, we have several convenient and affordable options for you including our in-house Dental Membership Plan option for periodontal care in Gig Harbor.