To maintain your oral health for a lifetime, Drs. Michelakis and Ward can also care for your gum health. With consideration of all your oral structures, you may want to consider the long-term effects of your dietary and oral hygiene choices. If you do not have healthy gums, our dentists may recommend periodontal maintenance in Shallotte, North Carolina. We ask that you visit Carolina Coast Family Dentistry regularly, so that we can catch any signs of gum disease early on. To learn more about periodontal disease and to organize your visit with us, please call 910-754-4507.

If your gums are tender, red, swollen, or bleed easily, you may suffer from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease, is a degenerative condition caused by bacteria in plaque, which accumulates on the teeth. When not treated, periodontal disease can result in loss of the teeth, gum tissue, and bone. While gum disease is not curable, we can treat the condition and keep it under control to protect your oral health. Our dentists is pleased to provide periodontal maintenance to treat periodontal disease and prevent the serious effects of the condition.

Periodontal maintenance involves visiting our office on a regular basis, typically once every three months, for a professional cleaning. These treatments include thorough cleanings both above and below the gum line, removing plaque, tartar (hardened plaque, also called dental calculus), and bacteria to prevent the condition from worsening. Periodontal maintenance is recommended every three months because when biofilm is not removed, the periodontal bacteria begin to flourish within three to twelve weeks. By providing a cleaning at twelve weeks (three months), we are able to remove these bacteria and keep the condition under control. To learn more about periodontal maintenance and how we can treat gum disease, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.