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Periodontal Therapy

Certain factors, such as plaque buildup and genetic predisposition, can influence the health of your gums. At Franklin Family Dental, we specialize in periodontal therapy, an approach to tackle gum-related issues and give your oral health a boost.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, often referred to as gum disease, is a common oral health issue that can lead to serious dental problems if left untreated. It's primarily caused by the buildup of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, on your teeth and gums.

Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Gums that are pulling away from your teeth or your teeth appear longer
  • Tooth mobility and even tooth loss
man with daughter after getting periodontal therapy Franklin, TN

What Is Periodontal Therapy?

Periodontal therapy is a range of treatments designed to restore gum health, and it often includes scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning. During this procedure, Dr. Zeh removes the plaque and tartar that have built up below your gumline and other areas that brushing and flossing can't reach.

Periodontal therapy stops gum disease from getting worse and creates a clean surface for your gums to start healing. When your gums are free from infection, they slowly get better and attach firmly to your teeth again, making your mouth healthier.

How to Prevent Periodontal Disease

Preventing gum disease is much easier than treating it. Here are some tips to maintain healthy gums:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss afterward to remove plaque and prevent gum disease.
  • Schedule regular dental visits for professional cleanings and check-ups at least every six months.
  • Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while limiting sugary snacks.
  • Quit smoking and using tobacco products, as they increase your risk of gum disease.
  • Certain health conditions, like diabetes, can increase your risk of gum disease, so manage them effectively.

Do Your Gums Need Periodontal Therapy in Franklin?

If you've noticed any signs of gum disease or want to ensure your gum health, don't hesitate to reach out to us at Franklin Family Dental. Dr. Zeh and her dental team can provide the best periodontal therapy and comprehensive dental care. Book your visit today!

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