Most of our patients have heard of gum disease, but few realize how prevalent it is. Over 80% of people in today’s society develop some form of gum disease, including many who never recognize the problem until tooth loss is imminent.
If left in place, the plaque and tartar will grow between the teeth and gums, causing inflammation and eventually infection and disease. This infection can impair the gums’ ability to hold the teeth in place, resulting in tooth and bone loss.
Our team here at Simply Smiles is well versed in periodontics. The key is early detection. We perform a periodontal screening at every semiannual checkup, so make sure to keep up with those appointments!
Once we have detected a periodontal infection, the first step is to remove the plaque and tartar that caused it. This simple procedure, known as scaling and root planing, breaks down the solidified tarter deposits on the tooth and below the gum line. This is the most effective way of removing tartar and plaque, and yet another reason to keep up with your twice-a-year dental appointments.
Once the teeth and gums are cleaned and the extent of the infection has been determined, an antibiotic treatment may be necessary. In some cases of gingivitis or periodontitis, we apply the antibiotics directly on the gum tissue. In other cases, an oral medication may be prescribed.
Gum disease can seriously impair your oral health, but the good news is that it is not difficult to prevent. Good oral hygiene can prevent most types of periodontal disease.
Aside from your regular dental checkups and professional cleanings, brushing and flossing are the two best things you can do for your gums. By brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day, you can promptly remove the bacteria and plaque that cause gum disease. Other helpful measures include an antiseptic rinse to kill bacteria and a water-pick to remove food particles.
Simply Smiles Sarasota is your Florida source for the latest dentistry services. Set up your free dental consultation with Dr. Gekht today by calling 941-921-4654.