At Assiniboine Dental Group in Winnipeg, our periodontist helps our patients prevent and manage periodontal (gum) disease.
Periodontics is the dental specialty focusing on the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease is an infection of the supporting tissues of the teeth, including the gums, gingiva, alveolar bone, cementum, and periodontal ligament. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in this field of dentistry.
It is important to treat gum disease because it can affect a number of health issues, including heart health, diabetes, and the ability to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the severity of the disease.
- Preventive Therapy
If gum disease is caught early, preventive therapy is recommended. Good oral hygiene practices and preventative therapy are essential in keeping periodontal disease under control.
Proper brushing and flossing go a long way toward keeping gum disease at bay. Using an antibacterial toothpaste or mouth rinse can kill bacteria and lessen the amount of plaque in your mouth.
- Non-Surgical Gum Therapy
For patients with a mild form of gum disease, non-surgical gum therapy may be sufficient to reverse it.
Non-surgical gum therapy is a deep cleaning performed by a dental hygienist. The hygienist will scrape away the plaque and tartar around and below the gum line, and smooth out any rough areas left behind through a process called scaling and root planing.
- Surgical Gum Therapy
- Post-Treatment Maintenance
Once your periodontal treatment is complete, our periodontist will recommend that you have regular dental examinations and practice preventive therapy.
Dr. Atout received her Bachelor's degree in Dental Surgery (BDS) from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2000, and shortly after that moved to California, where She obtained California dental license and practiced in general dentistry for a few years.
In 2009, She joined the University of Alabama in Birmingham where She continued her training and earned a Master in Science (MS) and a Certificate in Periodontology.
Dr. Atout is a full time associate professor At the University of Manitoba. An executive member at the Canadian Academy of Periodontology, a diplomate at the American academy of Periodontology. Dr. Atout is also a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC). She is looking forward to meeting you and taking care of your periodontal needs.