February 26, 2018
As mentioned in some of our previous blogs for February, this month is National Gum Disease Awareness Month and there’s a lot of helpful information out there concerning the health of your smile foundation. To find out if you are in need of a gum disease treatment and learn how an antiseptic mouthwash can help keep periodontal disease at bay, call Dental Care Center of South Kansas City at 816-399-5539.
We want to provide as comprehensive dental care as we possibly can at our Kansas City, MO dentist office so you and your loved ones won’t have to waste time driving between various dentists and specialists to get all the dental services you need and want. We offer general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and so much more.
Many other dental offices only keep a nine-to-five schedule. Granted, we close a little early at 4:00 p.m. on Fridays, but we otherwise maintain a nine-to-five and go above and beyond as well with extended hours. Here’s the full schedule for Dental Care Center of South Kansas City:
- Monday : 8:00am – 6:00pm
- Tuesday : 8:00am – 7:00pm
- Wednesday : 8:00am – 5:00pm
- Thursday : 7:00am – 7:00pm
- Friday : 9:00am – 4:00pm
For your convenience, we also accept a variety of payment options to make covering the cost of your dental care a little less stressful. We even take third-party financing through CareCredit, which often offers interest-free options.
Fight Against Gum Disease With Our Help & Good Oral Hygiene
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, results when bad bacteria in your mouth collect between your tooth roots and your gumline, causing irritation, inflammation, and other problems.
If you develop periodontal disease, we will treat it as precisely, gently, and effectively as possible using specialized instruments and time-tested deep cleaning techniques called:
- Scaling, which is a process of scraping away plaque and tartar buildup from your tooth roots
- Root planing, which smooths out the surface of your tooth roots so that bad bacteria have nowhere to hide and collect
Of course, the best approach is to do everything you can to prevent gum health problems from arising in the first place. If you aren’t already, you should visit us regularly every six months for a thorough dental cleaning and exam. Not only will we thoroughly clean your smile, we’ll also check for early signs of dental problems so we can address them quickly and inform you about them.
You should also do everything you can to improve and maintain your oral health on your own. Here are some specifics on the basic oral hygiene you should perform:
- Twice a day, for two minutes each time, you should brush your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth with toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- At least once daily, you should floss between all of your teeth
Brushing and flossing alone are a good foundation for an oral hygiene regimen, but if you want to pack an extra punch against periodontal disease, you can also use an antiseptic mouthwash or rinse that has been approved by the American Dental Association.
There are many, many options for mouthwash on the market, but as long as you find one that is ADA-approved and antiseptic, it will likely be a decent option. Different companies make ones with different flavors for you to choose from and some even offer non-alcohol options that do not “burn” as much.
Depending on the type and brand you use, you should swish the recommended amount around in your mouth for about 30 seconds twice a day. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle and consult with your dentist to know the best approach for fighting periodontal disease in your mouth in particular. We’ll be happy to help you find the best option for your taste and case.
Mouthwashes and rinses are a great tool to fight bad bacteria in your mouth, especially because they can reach places that brushing and flossing alone may not be able to reach. Plus, many patients find other added bonuses, like an extra reinforcement for fighting bad breath.
Get a professional assessment to see if you are in need of a gum disease treatment and ask us our professional advice as well by calling Dental Care Center of South Kansas City at 816-399-5539. You can also swing by our Kansas City, MO dentist office in person during our business hours or use our simple online form to book or ask a team member questions.