Comprehensive Oral Care Program in Crofton, MD

Stoute Dental takes a unique and comprehensive approach to gum disease treatment. Our method combines in-office dental cleanings with the use of the comfortable Perio Tray® for at-home medication delivery between visits. The Perio Tray® resembles a mouthguard but features a special sealing system that allows the medication to be effectively delivered below the gums. This targeted approach ensures that a bacteria-killing medication reaches areas that toothbrushes, mouth rinses, and dental floss cannot access.

Why Choose Perio Protect and What is it?

Gum disease arises from a bacterial infection hidden beneath the gums. Although dental cleanings can effectively remove bacteria, they quickly return, perpetuating the cycle of infection. While brushing and flossing remain essential, they cannot effectively address infections deep below the gum line.

Perio Protect offers a tray treatment that eliminates bacteria in the gum line, promoting healthier gums.

The Perio Tray® by Perio Protect gently applies medication deep under the gums to combat infections and prevent their recurrence. You can easily use it at home for a few minutes each day. The tray is comfortable, flexible, and custom-fit precisely to your mouth for optimal effectiveness. In addition to addressing gum disease, Perio Protect provides some noteworthy side effects. By significantly reducing bacteria, it also helps freshen your breath, addressing any concerns related to oral odor. Moreover, the same antimicrobial agents that effectively treat gum disease also deliver prescription-strength whitening benefits, resulting in a brighter smile.

With Perio Protect, you can effectively treat gum disease while simultaneously enjoying fresher breath and whiter teeth. These beneficial side effects make the treatment well worth considering.

To learn more about Perio Protect and its advantages, we encourage you to consult with our dental professionals.

Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease near you, also known as periodontal disease, can manifest through various signs and symptoms. It is essential to be aware of these indicators to seek timely treatment. Here are some common signs of gum disease:

  • Gums that bleed easily: If your gums bleed during brushing, flossing, or even when eating, it may indicate gum disease.
  • Red, swollen, tender gums: Inflamed gums that appear red and feel tender to the touch are often a sign of gum disease.
  • Sensitive teeth: Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures can be a result of gum disease.
  • Receding gums: If your gums begin to pull back, exposing more of your tooth roots and making your teeth appear longer, it may indicate gum disease.
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste: Chronic bad breath or a constant unpleasant taste in your mouth can be a symptom of gum disease.
  • Obvious plaque or calculus: The presence of visible plaque or calculus (hardened plaque) on your teeth may suggest gum disease.
  • Pus between teeth and gums: The formation of pus or discharge between your teeth and gums is a sign of an advanced stage of gum disease.
  • Loose or separating teeth: Gum disease can cause the supporting structures of your teeth to weaken, leading to loose or separating teeth.
  • Change in bite alignment: Any noticeable change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down may indicate gum disease.
  • Teeth appearing more crooked over time: If your teeth start to appear misaligned or shifted, it could be a sign of gum disease affecting the supporting structures.

Treatment Options for Different Gum Disease Cases

Treatment for patients with gingivitis (mild gum disease) requiring regular professional cleaning: In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), a professional cleaning by your dental team may be sufficient before starting Perio Protect treatment.

Treatment for patients with moderate to advanced gum disease requiring deep cleaning: If gum disease has progressed beyond gingivitis, the initial treatment usually involves scaling and root planing, commonly known as a “deep cleaning.” This procedure, performed under local anesthesia, removes plaque and tartar below the gum line. Following a deep cleaning, Perio Protect treatment may be initiated.

Treatment for patients with dental implants: Dental implants provide a viable option for replacing missing teeth. However, the gums and bone surrounding dental implants can still be susceptible to gum disease. To maintain the cleanliness and health of implants, patients often require specific homecare tools. Perio Protect offers an effective system to ensure the well-being of both implants and natural teeth.

If you experience any signs of gum disease, it is essential to consult with our dental professionals for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Early observation and intervention can help prevent the advancement of gum disease and preserve your oral health.

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