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Periodontal & Preventive Dentist in Mt. Pleasant

Our periodontal therapists do much more than clean teeth. During your six month checkup and cleaning, our team will carefully evaluate and diagnose the health of your mouth and gums. If infection is present, we provide start-of-the-art management for all levels of periodontal disease. Healthy gums help you enjoy your teeth for a lifetime -- so don’t put off your preventive dental care with the dentist in Mount Pleasant.

Charting and Diagnostic Services

Your periodontal therapist keeps a record of your gum health with a dental or periodontal chart. Between your teeth and gums exist small pockets, and healthy teeth fit securely in the gum line. But when the depth of these pockets grows, it indicates the presence of infection and gum disease. Your hygienist records pocket depth on your chart to keep track of the small changes that could indicate the early stages of periodontal infection.

In-Office Periodontal Therapy

Dr. Gregory provides periodontal therapy for moderate levels of gum disease with scaling and root planing. This method is often combined with antibiotics or in-office laser therapy. Scaling removes plaque and bacteria from above and below the gum line. Root planing smooths the root to prevent re-infection. Laser therapy removes infection and promotes growth of the gum tissue.

Dental Cleanings

Teeth that last a lifetime are frequently cleaned by a professional. During a six month hygiene appointment, our team removes the plaque, tartar, and bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay.

Plaque is clear, sticky, and constantly forming on the surface of the teeth. When it is not removed thoroughly every day, it turns into yellow tartar. The acids and bacteria in plaque and tartar combine with the bacteria that’s naturally present in your mouth to cause infection -- so their frequent removal is important for continued oral health.

Regular Checkups and Patient Education

Once your teeth have been thoroughly cleaned during your six month appointment, our dental team will check your oral cavity for the presence of decay, infection, worn dental work, and even oral cancer during your checkup. Early detection aids in successful treatment.

One-on-one patient education is another important part of helping you on your journey to a lifetime of good dental and oral health. You and your hygienist or dentist in Mt Pleasant will discuss how you can better care for your teeth at home. Feel free to ask any questions you have regarding your oral health during your appointment.

About Oral Cancer

The prevalence of oral cancer is rising -- and it is one of the deadliest of cancers. Oral cancer is defined as that affecting the tongue, lips, throat, cheeks, gums, or anywhere in the mouth. Early detection of oral cancer aids in successful treatment. Adults of all ages should undergo an oral cancer screening at least once a year. People who are at a higher risk of developing the disease include men over the age of 55, tobacco users, and people who have had frequent exposure to UV light.

About Gum Disease

The majority of American adults are dealing with gum disease to some extent. The condition leads to bad breath, bleeding, tender gums, and tooth loss in its later stages. Left untreated, gum disease even attributes to heart conditions, respiratory issues, and pregnancy/birth complications.

Nightguards for Bruxism

People who grind their teeth at night experience headaches, ear and neck pain, and may notice their teeth beginning to chip or wear down. A custom-fitted nightguard for bruxism protects your tooth enamel and helps you achieve relaxing, restful sleep.

Breath Treatment

There’s no quick-fix for halitosis. Maybe it’s what you eat, or the result of insufficient dental hygiene. If you (and others) are suffering as a result of your bad breath, Dr. Gregory can help with a breath treatment plan built for your specific case.