Prevention of Periodontal Disease

The best ways to initially prevent the start of periodontal disease is to routinely brush and floss your teeth twice daily.  It is also important to have routine preventative exams and cleanings with your general dentist so they can detect any areas of concern early on in the disease process.  Avoiding certain habits, like smoking, can also help lower your risk for developing periodontal disease.

Once Dr. Goggin has treated your periodontal disease, periodontal maintenance will enable you to take control of the disease and increase your chances of keeping your teeth as they are.

Periodontal maintenance will protect the foundation for good oral health which includes the gums, bone and roots of teeth. This treatment may be more frequent than the traditional 6 month recalls you have become accustomed to with your dentist. SPT may require that you see your dentist and Dr. Goggin on an alternating 3 month schedule. This means that every 3 months, you will be seen by your dentist or Dr. Goggin to protect your oral health and investment. Your recall protocol will be assessed by Dr. Goggin and your dentist to suit your individual periodontal needs.

What is included in a periodontal maintenance visit?

  • Discussion of changes to health history
  • Oral examination looking for any abnormal changes
  • Measuring depths of pockets
  • Cleaning teeth to remove bacterial plaque and tartar
  • Taking any necessary x-rays to evaluate bone levels around teeth
  • Examining teeth for decay
  • Checking the way your teeth fit together (occlusion)
  • Applying or prescribing medications to reduce tooth sensitivity
  • During your visit, your dentist or Dr. Goggin, will review your home hygiene routine and both may suggest changes to the protocol. If periodontal disease recurs, then additional treatment may be recommended.

Periodontal maintenance visits will protect your investment and keep your dental costs down by preventing future problems.  Gum disease is more than just gums. A commitment to periodontal maintenance is your commitment to better overall health!

Keep Your Mouth Happy

Proper Tooth-brushing Technique
Proper Flossing Technique
Manual versus Electric Toothbrush
Plaque and Calculus
What Are Good Oral Hygiene Habits?
In regards the Coronavirus (Covid-19):
At Asheville Periodontics, the health of our community is our top priority.  For the greater good of the community and the safety of our patients and staff, we will be temporarily closed beginning Thursday, March 19.  Stay tuned here, and on our website for more updates as the situation progresses.
To lessen the load on hospital emergency rooms, we will be available should you have a serious dental emergency.  You can reach Dr. Goggin via phone or text at 828-423-0146 or Rachel our office manager 828-571-0116.  We do request that if you have cold, flu, COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in an active COVID-19 area in the last 14 days or have been in contact with someone who has, please let us know before being seen.
For those of you with appointments in the coming weeks, we will reach out to you to reschedule your appointment.  Thank you for your understanding.