Gum disease, or periodontitis, is becoming more prevalent as time goes on. Although it’s widely believed that gum disease only affects older adults, this is not true. We see young adults diagnosed with gum disease everyday!
In fact, periodontists stress the importance of caring for your gums at a young age, because no one is immune to gum disease!
How can you prevent gum disease?
First things first, brush and floss every day! Flossing between your teeth is absolutely vital for maintaining healthy, disease-free gums. Throughout the day, bacteria lodges itself between your teeth. With each meal and beverage you consume, bacteria continues to build up between the teeth, at the gumline, and below the gumline. If you don’t intervene with the buildup of bacteria, it turns to plaque, eventually becoming tartar, which can contribute to bone loss.
Tartar is a stubborn substance, and it’s nearly impossible to remove at home. This is why you must receive regular dental cleanings! At your dental cleanings, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and gum line. Depending on your susceptibility to gum disease, you may need regular periodontal cleanings (every two to four months or so).
Brush your teeth twice a day.
Floss your teeth at least once a day.
Commit to regular dental cleanings.
Receive periodontal cleanings at Periodontal Health Center.
What happens if your case of gum disease has progressed to the second or third stages?
Here are your non-surgical treatment options for gum disease!
Scaling & Root Planing for Gum Disease
The scaling and root planing procedure is your first line of defense against periodontitis! During this treatment, we carefully clean the crowns of your teeth as well as the root surfaces under the gums. Using specialized dental tools, we remove bacteria, toxins and tartar (calcified deposits) that build in the pockets between your teeth and gums. (These pockets form as bacteria continues to build up below the gumline, causing the gums to recede from the teeth. This buildup creates spacious pockets for bacteria to continue building.) We will then smooth the rough surface of the tooth root, which allows the gums to reattach to the teeth.
As patient comfort is one of our top priorities, we will administer a local anesthetic to ease any discomfort. (Nitrous oxide analgesia is also an option to help alleviate apprehension.)
Laser Periodontal Therapy for Gum Disease
We offer laser periodontal therapy, one of the latest, most advanced techniques for treating gum disease. As gum disease progresses to its later stages, damage can be irreversible by use of natural techniques or sudden improvements in oral care alone. The infected periodontal tissue must be removed to begin healing the gums.
With a specific dental laser, we target the infected areas of the gum and remove them. Using a specific laser (note: there are many dental lasers specialized for different treatments), our periodontists are able to kill the infectious bacteria with accuracy and precision! Once we remove the infected tissues, we essentially complete a scaling and root planing procedure. We clean the crowns and roots of the teeth to remove bacteria and tartar buildup. Laser periodontal therapy used alongside a scaling and root planing procedure is incredibly effective in reversing the effects of gum disease and drastically improving overall gum health!
If you have gum disease, it’s important that you begin a form of treatment to salvage as much periodontal tissue and bone as possible. Depending on your specific case, we have highly effective, non-surgical treatment options available to you!
At Periodontal Health Center, we want to educate you on the risks of periodontal disease to help you smile with confidence for years to come.
If you are seeking a highly-qualified, personally-attentive periodontist near Tampa and New Port Richey, appointments are available for you and your family! Reach out to us today!