According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of adults age 30 and over have some form of periodontal (gum) disease, and many of them don’t know it. And prevalence increases as people get older, with about 70% of adults age 65 and over having periodontitis, the more serious form of periodontal disease.
The bad news about periodontal disease is that it leads to the eventual loss of your teeth. In fact, by far most adult tooth loss is due to periodontal disease, not tooth decay. The good news is that in many cases it is preventable. That’s why at Root Dental we make periodontal screenings an important part of your regular examinations and we emphasize patient education and disease prevention. We want you to keep your natural teeth all your life.
Did you know that when you have gum disease you should have what is called a deep cleaning, rather than a routine cleaning? Many dental offices overlook that because it is extra trouble to fit those different types of cleaning into the schedule, and it is also more trouble to get patients to appreciate periodontal treatment because the effects aren’t usually apparent for many years. But at Root Dental, we think this is a very important part of your treatment. That is why we don’t like to do your cleaning until after you’ve had a complete examination.
No matter what type of cleaning you need, you can be confident that you’re in excellent hands with Dr. Root’s dental hygienists. Patients consistently comment about how thorough they are, how gentle, and their calm, reassuring natures. Dr. Root has an extensive screening process for hiring that ensures that you get not just skilled, experienced hygienists but pleasant ones too.
Preventing Big Problems by Tending to Small Ones
Another expression of our philosophy of prevention is in trying to be as thorough as we can with your examinations. When you come in as a new patient, Dr. Root’s initial exam takes a little over an hour. The reason for that is he wants to be sure he doesn’t miss anything. Catching cavities and other problems when they are small is not only less expensive for you, but it leads to treatment that is higher quality and longer lasting.
Dr. Root also believes in tending to all the little details of your dental work. He would rather spend a little extra time on a dental restoration the first time it is done than to have to re-do it in a couple of years.
Keeping Your Natural Teeth
“Whenever possible,” Dr. Root says, “I try to develop a treatment plan to preserve the patient’s natural teeth.” From his years of experience, he feels that having your own natural teeth rather than bridgework, dental implants, or dentures, gives you a higher quality of life.