Periodontal (Gum) Therapy in Plantation, FL
Periodontal (gum) disease is the major cause of tooth loss for the American adult. At some time in your life, it's likely that you will contract this disease - almost 50% of Americans over the age of 30 have mild, moderate, or severe gum disease... and almost two thirds of seniors have a diagnosis of moderate to severe gum disease!
Early Stages of Gum Disease
In its initial stages, gum disease is a "silent enemy," developing slowly with few if any symptoms. Naturally occurring mouth bacteria constantly form a sticky colorless film called plaque that grows on your teeth and gums. When not removed by regular and thorough brushing and flossing, plaque will harden into a tartar that even the best home care simply cannot remove. The first warning signs of the initial stage of gum disease - gingivitis - include tender red swollen gums that bleed when you brush and bad breath that can’t be eradicated by a vigilant brushing and flossing route. Other lifestyle and health factors can cause gingivitis too. Hormone changes (pregnancy, puberty, menopause, etc.), illnesses, medications, smoking, and genetics all can play a part.
Untreated gingivitis encourages the accumulation of bacteria at the gumline that gradually pushes your gums away from your teeth, creating deep pockets and weakening the supportive structures of the teeth (gums, ligament, and bone). This allows for even more bacteria accumulation and creates a haven for trapped food, resulting in further progression of the disease. Moderate to severe gum disease - periodontitis - causes irreversible bone deterioration and eventually tooth loss due to the destruction of the supporting structures. As you can imagine, self-esteem can also be affected greatly.
It's important to note that modern dental science has established beyond any doubt that gum disease is linked to the risk of heart attack and stroke as well as to compromising other conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, some cancers (breast, pancreatic, oral), and even premature birth.
Gum Disease Prevention
The first step in preventing gum disease is a rigorous regime of home care including brushing and rinsing after every meal combined with regular flossing. This is also the first step in treating gingivitis. No matter how vigilant you are, tartar will form below the gumline which can only be removed by a professional hygienist - one reason why your prescribed recall appointments are so important.
Another reason your recall appointments are critical is that you hygienist will be able to identify risk factors, detect gingivitis (you may not be able to), and diagnose periodontitis. If any stage of gum disease has been detected, a treatment plan will be developed especially for you to help you regain optimum oral health.
Periodontal Disease Treatment from Comfort Dentists
The effective treatment of periodontal disease is truly a collaborative effort that includes our dedicated and caring team of professional hygienists, dentists, and specialists, including one of Florida's leading Periodontists, Dr. Reza Modarres. You can be confident that with our general dentists on your side, you and your family will have the best chance of keeping periodontal disease at bay, ensuring beautiful natural smiles for life!