What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused by excessive plaque buildup and is an infection of tissues that surround and support your teeth. In its earliest stage, we refer to gum disease as gingivitis. At this point, the symptoms are so mild that many patients aren’t aware that they have gum disease.
Common symptoms of gingivitis are red or swollen gums or bleeding when you brush your teeth. Fortunately, gingivitis is easily reversible with a thorough dental cleaning with your hygienist and improved at-home oral care.
How can I tell if I have gum disease?
Nearly half of all US adults over age 30 have some degree of gum disease. It is so widespread because symptoms are either non-existent or may be so mild that they don’t realize they have it.
Symptoms of gum disease to watch out for are:
- Bleeding gums
- Red or inflamed gums
- Swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Chronic bad breath
Have you noticed any of these symptoms or a change in the way your teeth or gums feel? Please call Sarasota Dental Arts to schedule a dental exam and cleaning so we can investigate the problem and develop a plan to treat your gum disease.
What happens if you don’t treat gum disease?
Periodontitis is a more advanced stage of gum disease that occurs when plaque beneath the gumline turns into tartar, which can’t be removed by brushing alone.
Tartar pushes gum tissue away from the tooth and allows bacteria to get in, which can cause loss of gum tissue and even loss of teeth or jawbone in severe cases. If your gum disease reaches a more advanced state, it may be necessary to perform a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing at our Sarasota dental office.
How does periodontal deep cleaning treat gum disease?
Scaling and root planing is an advanced dental cleaning procedure where your hygienist removes plaque and tartar build-up beneath your gums. During a periodontal deep cleaning at our Sarasota, FL dental office, we also smooth the root surfaces of your teeth. Doing so eliminates rough spots where bacteria can collect and also encourages your gums to reattach to your teeth.
If needed, your dental hygienist will also apply an antibiotic treatment to eliminate any lingering infection that may be present. We use technology that makes deep cleanings comfortable and efficient for patients.
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