Dental cleanings, Prevention, and Education
Prevention is the cornerstone of maintaining excellent oral health. If you are interested in keeping up with your oral care, or don't have the oral care you have always wanted, request an appointment!
At Mondlick Perio, we are focused on providing you the services to assist in your ability to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
We utilize the most cutting edge technology to clean your teeth and implants in a calm and comfortable environment.
We are the experts at providing:
Deep Cleanings (Scaling and Root Planing)
Home Care Instructions
How to properly brush and floss
Make an appointment to see the difference in how we help you maintain your oral health.
Why should I get a cleaning at the periodontist’s office in addition to my general dentist’s office?
The long-term benefits of a closely monitored cleaning schedule are well researched and established for patients with periodontal disease. The dental research shows an alternating cleaning schedule between your general dentist and the periodontist to work best in most circumstances.
The decision to have cleanings at the periodontist office is similar to the decision to have your family physician to consult with a medical specialist. While the general physician covers most of your health needs, a specialist is consulted when a disease requires a specialist’s expertise.
Most general dentists can recognize the circumstances that require input from a specialist and will already have established a partnership with a periodontist. Whether or not you need to see a specialist is often initiated by your general dentist or your dental hygienist.
Dr. Mondlick will work closely with your dentist and hygienist to see that you get the best treatment possible. Dr. Mondlick is focused on the foundation of your teeth. In general, patients with moderate to severe levels of periodontal disease or patients that are more susceptible to periodontal disease or other gum infections are referred to a periodontist.
Periodontal disease, if left untreated, not only leads to tooth loss, it may also place you at increased risk for heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and if pregnant, a preterm or low birth weight baby.
Diabetes and Gum Disease
Diabetes is a common and increasingly widespread disease that affects 20 million people in the US (about 9% of the adult population). Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes require careful management to reduce serious health consequences, including Periodontal Disease.
One Complication: Gum Disease
Complications from the disease are associated with long-term increased blood sugar levels. Gum disease is one such complication, with more than 200 research articles over the past 50 years discussing the problem.
Gum disease can cause bleeding sores, loose teeth and loss of teeth.
Higher Incidence with Diabetes
Both minor gum disease (known as gingivitis) and advanced gum disease (periodontitis) occur more frequently if you are diabetic. People with diabetes are 10 times more likely to develop gum disease (smoking is suspected to increase the disease rate by nearly the same amount). One study showed that teens with Type 1 diabetes were five times more likely to have gum disease.
Greater Risks with Poor Blood Sugar Control
The risk of gum disease is greater for diabetics whose blood sugar levels are not well-controlled. If you are in this situation, you should see the dentist more often to allow for early detection of any signs of gum disease. Studies show that if you have good oral health and your blood sugar is under control, you are no more at risk for gum disease than anyone else.
We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of gum disease.