Treating periodontal disease effectively and gently in Sebastopol CA starts early with non-surgical options
What you put in your mouth (and in your body) can put you at an increased risk of developing destructive gum disease. It is essential for all dental professionals to understand this fact and account for it in the development of proactive treatment plans, similar to a holistic dentist. As your partners in whole-body health, Dr. Silvano Senn and Dr. Toni Mann get to know you over the course of routine visits. During these recall appointments, we discuss changes to your health and other factors that make you vulnerable to gum disease.
Treating periodontal disease in Sebastopol, CA at the office of Whole Health Dentistry ideally starts early in the process. Since we aim to develop relationships with you, during your visits, Dr. Senn and Dr. Mann examine your teeth and gums for early signs of problems. This is a vital part of retaining oral health as early-stage gum disease (gingivitis) is often asymptomatic. You may not feel anything, yet our mix of advanced and safe diagnostics and expertise allows Whole Health Dentistry to detect underlying problems. In fact, by the time many patients may experience pain or bleeding, the disease has progressed to the point where damage has been done. If we are able to detect and treat gum inflammation or gingivitis early, the disease’s progression can be halted, and the effects can be reversed.
A few of the behaviors, conditions, or factors that increase your risk of developing gum disease include:
- Inconsistent brushing and flossing
- Inadequate brushing and flossing techniques
- Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco and nicotine-containing products (including e-cigs)
- Systemic diseases and the medications used to treat them
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Habits, such as clenching or grinding teeth
- Lack of regular in-office cleaning by professionals
We identify and monitor risk factors you or a loved one may have and make recommendations based on these risks to minimize the development of gum disease. For instance, we’ll show you ways to more effectively floss between teeth and how to best brush your teeth and gums (and often overlooked areas that harbor bacteria, such as the tongue).
As holistic dentists, Dr. Senn and Dr. Mann also recommend conservative treatments that result in less trauma to the mouth first. We offer non-surgical alternatives such as Perio Protect. We rehabilitate diseased gums by prescribing specialized dental trays. When worn as directed, the custom trays deliver bacteria-fighting medicine deep into the pockets between the teeth and gums — areas where brushes, rinses, and floss can’t reach. Gum disease is resolved, without invasive cutting, discomfort, shots, or antibiotics.