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Understanding periodontal disease and the treatment options available

Drs. Glenn and Michelle Taylor of Sandy, Utah, are here to help patients achieve healthy smiles. If problems arise, such as periodontal disease, it needs a fast diagnosis and effective treatment to bring the smile back to health. At Taylor Dental Care, we offer both the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease at any stage.

What is periodontal disease?

The dentists of Taylor Dental Care describe periodontal disease as an infection that develops within the smile. It starts in the gums, which is why it is often called gum disease. As it spreads, it can cause various issues, including tooth loss, bone loss, and gum loss. The bacteria that are associated with periodontal disease are also linked to heart disease and dementia.  It cannot be cured, only managed with the assistance of a dental professional.

What causes periodontal disease?

Poor oral hygiene habits often cause periodontal disease. It is entirely preventable when patients brush, floss, and visit their dentist regularly for examinations and professional cleanings.

How can I reverse periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease can only be managed once it has developed. Our team can prescribe antibiotics to address the infection and keep it from spreading. A procedure that is designed to clean the teeth, roots, and all, may help. This treatment is known as scaling and root planing. Our team also provides Perio Protect tray treatment, utilizing a particular medication and customized trays for the teeth. Patients will apply the Perio Protect medication into the trays and wear them over the teeth as directed to control the infection and reduce redness and inflammation associated with periodontal disease. When used as directed, patients can adequately manage their condition and avoid permanent damage to the smile. We also prescribe probiotics for the mouth which work to replace the destructive disease causing bacteria with healthy mouth bacteria.  Alternatively, our team may recommend laser periodontal treatment as well.

How do I learn more about laser periodontal treatment or Perio Protect trays?

If you have received a diagnosis of periodontal disease and want to discuss the treatment options available at Taylor Dental Care, we encourage you to call the office at (801) 285-6607 to make an appointment. We can provide a proper diagnosis during an initial evaluation and consider the solutions best for each patient and their unique needs. Our facility is conveniently located at 9924 South 700 E in Sandy, Utah.