Do You Have Gum Disease?
What is Periodontal Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, the gums can eventually begin to pull away from the teeth. Untreated, periodontal disease can result in gum tissue recession, tooth loss, and bone loss.
The reality is periodontal disease is very common, with more than 3 million patients affected in the United States alone every year. Nevertheless, no matter how common, it is crucial to get treatment and prevent future periodontal gum disease from developing. If you’ve noticed the signs of periodontal gum disease like swollen or tender gums, bleeding gums, or chronic bad breath, call our office today to schedule an appointment. We can help you tackle gum disease early to improve results and reduce damage to supporting structures.
The Dangers of Periodontal Disease
Untreated, periodontal gum disease can lead to tooth loss, bacterial infection, and damage to your gums and jaw. Many patients do not realize that periodontal disease grows bacteria in your mouth and creates a risk factor for cardiovascular and lung diseases when allowed to spread. Extensive periodontal gum disease can also cause problems for diabetic patients to manage blood sugar and create other related health issues.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
The most common symptoms of periodontal gum disease include swollen, red, and tender gums. One of the easiest to observe signs is bleeding gums during brushing or flossing. Periodontal disease can also lead to pain in the teeth or jaw, loose teeth, bad breath, receding gums, and in severe cases, even tooth loss. Regrettably, once you begin to see symptoms, gum disease is likely already started. The good news is that with regular dental check-ups and improved oral hygiene, you can reverse gum disease and its consequences.
What Is the Best Treatment for Periodontal Gum Disease?
There are several treatment options available for periodontal gum disease, depending on the level of care needed based on its extent. The simplest treatment options include professional dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene at home, including flossing, brushing, and using an antibacterial mouth wash each day.
If professional intervention is required to remedy gum disease, our Hollywood, FL dental office can professionally clean the pockets around your teeth to prevent damage to the surrounding jawbone. Dr. Giraldo may also prescribe an antibiotic to clear the bacteria associated with your advanced periodontal gum disease.
Some patients may require a surgical procedure to remedy more extensive cases of periodontal disease. This procedure involves removing unhealthy tissue and skin or bone grafting surgery to repair your gum line and jaw.
Gum disease can occur when plaque accumulates on the gum line– an area that can’t be thoroughly cleaned during a regular cleaning or by brushing and flossing at home. We offer deep cleaning and periodontal treatments that clean below the gum line and remove the bacteria colonies from your mouth and are among the best ways to treat the early stages of periodontal disease.
Our Promise To You
Why Choose Brilliant Smiles of Hollywood for Your Gum Disease Treatment
We know our patients have many options for periodontal treatments in the Hollywood, FL area, which is why our team is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of dental care in a welcoming, safe, comfortable, and healthy atmosphere. We are here to serve your gum disease needs every step of the way without judgment or shame you for having less than perfect teeth. Your visit will be a comfortable and positive experience, and we look forward to helping you avoid dental problems, enjoy an amazing natural smile, and the lifelong benefits of good oral health.
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