Gum Disease Prevention & Treatment

Do you like the idea of avoiding costly dental bills for you and your family? Wouldn’t it be great to limit family dental visits to twice a year for routine checkups? 

Both are doable with preventive dentistry. Primary dental care, including teeth cleanings and exams every six months at Fresh 32 Family Dentistry, is the key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Just two preventive appointments a year can help reduce your family’s risk of cavities and gum disease and the need for complex dental work.

Routine Dental Exams in Mesquite, TX

Our Mesquite dentist, Dr. Lalani, uses your six-month dental exams to see how you’re doing and if you have questions or noticed any changes since your last visit. He also checks each of your teeth for cavities and looks for signs of bleeding or swollen gums that could mean you have gum disease (gingivitis). 

One of our core values is honesty, and if Dr. Lalani finds tooth decay or gingivitis, he will show you digital x-rays and intraoral images, so you can clearly see the problem for yourself. Patient education and transparency are crucial to provide quality dentistry and empower you to make confident decisions about your oral health needs. 

Professional Teeth Cleanings with Our Dentist

Brushing and flossing at home are crucial for maintaining healthy teeth and gums but must be paired with professional dental cleanings. Being conscientious about both is the easiest way to avoid gum disease that can wreak havoc on your oral and general health.

During your teeth cleanings at our Mesquite dental office, Dr. Lalani gently removes cavity-causing plaque and tartar that toothbrush and floss can’t reach. When you combine in-office teeth cleanings with at-home oral hygiene, you are on your way to a smile that is as clean and healthy as it can be. 

How We Treat Gum Disease

If we find that you have gum disease—also referred to as periodontal disease—we offer personalized treatment to fit your needs.

Puffy, bleeding, or swollen gums are not normal and are all symptoms of gum disease or gingivitis. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that first attacks your gums and then moves on to the bone that holds your teeth in place. 

There are two stages of gum disease: gingivitis, which is reversible, and periodontitis which is irreversible but can be managed by your dental team and excellent home care.

Gingivitis: Mild Gum Disease

We can typically treat gingivitis with a comprehensive teeth cleaning that removes plaque and tartar from your gumline. You will also need to commit to improving your brushing and flossing skills to ensure your teeth are as clean as they can be between visits.

Periodontitis: Advanced Gum Disease

If we don’t treat gingivitis, it can advance to periodontitis which causes long-term damage to your gums and jawbone. Periodontitis treatment involves a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing; Dr. Lalani ‘scales’ tooth surfaces to remove plaque and tartar and ‘planes’ the root surfaces of your teeth to promote healing and reattachment of gum tissue to your teeth.

Is It Time for Your Next Dental Checkup in Mesquite, TX?

Preventive dental exams and cleanings are your best insurance against the discomfort and cost of problems like cavities and gum disease. If your family is due for their six-month exams and cleanings, or you are experiencing an issue and need our help, please call Fresh 32 Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment.