Do your gums often bleed when you brush or floss? Do they appear to be red and swollen? Do you struggle with chronic bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away? If you answered yes to any of these questions these may be early signs that you need periodontal therapy in Plantation. The good news is that your Plantation dentists Dr. Waldee, Dr. Weiss, and Dr. Hohimer, and Dr. Modarres who is our periodontist, are highly skilled and well equipped to help you manage gum disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal, or gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build up beneath the gum line, eventually causing your gums to separate from your teeth and allowing bacteria in. Gum disease works gradually, and progresses over time. The problem is that there isn’t much pain or many symptoms associated with it initially, so many patients aren’t aware that they have gum disease.
This is why regular visits to your dentist are so important. Your dentist is able to detect periodontal disease much earlier than you can, giving you a better chance of successfully treating the disease with less invasive treatment. If caught early enough, some patients may even be able to reverse their gum disease.
How is Gum Disease Treated?
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and it’s in this stage that you may notice that your gums are red and swollen, or bleed when you brush. While there is no cure for gum disease, in this stage you may be able to control it with a thorough cleaning and an improved home care routine.
The advanced stage of gum disease is called periodontitis, and it’s in this stage that damage starts to occur. If left untreated, the bacteria that descends below the gum line will eventually begin to destroy your bone. After enough deterioration, your teeth will lose support, and eventually become loose and fall out.
Periodontitis requires a deeper cleaning called scaling and root planing that reaches below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar build up. You will also need increased home care, and additional yearly visits to your dentist to help control and combat your periodontal disease.
Our dental team in Plantation, FL is prepared to help you with any stage of gum disease you may be struggling with. Periodontal disease has been linked with other serious health concerns such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure, so it’s important to be proactive about your oral health in order to maintain you overall health and well being. If you’ve noticed some of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact our office as soon as possible.