Gum Disease Diagnosed & Treated in Clearwater, FL
Plump, pink gums are the hallmark of a healthy smile. Less visible is the important role your gums play in providing essential support and stability for your teeth. Gum disease is a preventable infection that can damage your gums and jawbone. A common cause of tooth loss, gum disease can range in severity from mild gum inflammation (gingivitis) to chronic gum and bone disease (periodontitis).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of all Americans age 30 and older have periodontitis. This is troubling because gum disease presents a serious health threat. If the infection is left untreated, the bacteria and inflammatory agents can enter the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body.
Signs to Watch For
In many cases, early-stage gum disease does not produce any noticeable symptoms. Therefore, without regular dental checkups, it can easily sneak up on you. A dentist can detect it in its early stages, but on your own you might not realize you have it until it reaches an advanced stage.
In addition to seeing a dentist regularly, it’s important to watch for signs of gum disease, which can include:
- Swollen, red, and tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores
- Pockets of pus in between teeth and gums
- Bad breath
- Changes in denture fit
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
The periodontal specialists at Florida Dental Centers in Clearwater, Florida, offer several treatment options for gum disease. To address early-stage gingivitis, we may suggest frequent dental cleanings supplemented by a home care plan designed to restore your gums to optimal health. This may include the regular use of an antibacterial mouth rinse.
To address more advanced gum disease, we may recommend a deep teeth cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. During this procedure, a dental professional removes plaque and tartar from deep pockets in between teeth and gums. To address late-stage periodontitis, we may suggest a more intensive gum disease treatment, such as an aesthetic gingivectomy, periodontal crown-lengthening surgery, a gingival graft, bone grafting, or dental implants.
If you notice any signs of gum disease, you should see a dentist right away. At Florida Dental Centers, we provide comprehensive dental care services in Clearwater, FL. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’ll see you as soon as possible!