Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of periodontal, or gum, disease. This ranges from simple gum inflammation to a serious disease that can cause major damage to the bone and soft tissue. Christie Dental is the leading choice for periodontal disease treatment and cosmetic dentistry in Melbourne, FL, and the surrounding areas. Let us explain what you need to know about periodontal disease and explain how we can treat it.
What causes periodontal disease?
Everyone’s mouth is full of bacteria. Along with mucus and other particles, these bacteria form a sticky, colorless plaque on our teeth. When brushing or flossing fails to remove it, plaque can harden and form tartar. The longer plaque and tartar stay on your teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria can cause gum inflammation or gingivitis. Gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. Plaque spreads and grows below the gum line; it can destroy bones, gums, and tissue.
How is periodontal disease treated?
The main goal of periodontitis treatment is to control the infection. We can reverse early stages of gum disease with prophylaxis or dental cleaning. We can also try an advanced version called scaling and root planing. This involves deep cleaning under the gums and planing the surface of the root. As an expert in oral surgery in Melbourne, FL, and the surrounding areas, we can also perform gum surgery if necessary. If you have lost bone around your teeth, we can perform a bone grafting procedure, as well.
How do you prevent periodontal disease?
You can prevent gum disease by taking good care of your teeth. First, avoid smoking. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Remove plaque from your teeth by flossing regularly. Most importantly, schedule a regular appointment with your dentist. We can perform a comprehensive dental exam to determine the condition of your teeth and gums. By catching gum disease early, we can treat it and reverse its effects.
Dr. Song Mao of Christie Dental of Hibiscus recommends regular dentist appointments to ensure healthy gums. Christie Dental provides high-quality, convenient, and affordable care to you and your family at our numerous Florida dental offices. We are a specialist in periodontics, restorative, cosmetic, preventive, oral surgery and sedation dentistry in Melbourne, FL. Call us at (321) 426-1251 to learn more about periodontal disease. You can also schedule an appointment.