Are you interested in periodontal care? People who maintain healthy gums are practicing responsible periodontal care. If you are not taking preventative action, your might be at risk for periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a common dental concern. Gum disease can lead to problems throughout your mouth which is why it is important to receive proper periodontal care.
Stages of Gum Disease
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Tooth plaque and tartar cause bacteria that causes gingivitis.
Symptoms of Gingivitis include:
• Swollen Gums
• Red Gums
• Bad breath
The next stage of gum disease is called periodontitis. If you already have gingivitis and do not seek periodontal care, the condition will worsen. When it turns to periodontitis, gums separate from teeth forming “pockets” between gums and teeth.
When bacteria are spreading, your body will fight it. As a result, your body will break down bone and soft tissue that provide structure to your tooth. If periodontal care isn’t sought out, the tooth may end up being extracted. Poor gum maintenance can cause a cascade of dental issues, which is periodontal care is so vital for maintaining dental health.
Periodontal Care & Procedures
South Florida Smiles provides Delray Beach’s best periodontal care. Proper gum care will help prevent the development and progression of gum disease. If the problem progresses enough, a surgical solution might be recommended.
Preventative care includes:
• Regular Brushing & Flossing
• Receiving Fluoride Treatments as a Child
• Biannual Dental Exams
Care for gingivitis includes:
• Dental Tooth Cleaning
• Oral Hygiene Education
• Maintaining Dental Health
• Fluoride Mouth Wash
Non-surgical care for periodontitis includes:
• Cleaning out Pockets
• Fluoride Trays
Surgical care for periodontitis includes:
• Pocket Reduction Surgery
• Soft Tissue Grafting
• Bone Grafting
Gum Disease Risk Factors
Anyone can get gum disease. There are certain factors that will increase your chances. Here are some risk factors:
• Age: Older people are at a higher risk.
• Smoking: Smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products increases your risk.
• Genetics: You can be born with a predisposition for gum disease.
• Medications: Certain medications such as anti-depressants can increase your risk.
• Grinding Teeth: The stress on gums can increase gum disease’s progression.
• Medical Conditions: Diseases that affect inflammation can speed up gum disease progression.
Periodontal Care with South Florida Smiles
South Florida Smiles is proud to offer periodontal care in southern Palm Beach County. The first step in periodontal care is getting regular preventative check-ups. To schedule an appointment, call our office at 561-257-0022. We will clean your teeth and give you a full mouth exam. Afterward, the dentist will explain any recommended treatments. The earlier we catch gum disease, the better, so make your appointment today.