The numbers may be hard to believe, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one out of every two American adults age 30 and older have gum disease, also called periodontal disease. In real numbers that means 64.7 million adults have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis, which is the advanced stage of gum disease. (The initial stage is gingivitis.) And in adults age 65 and older, the percentage increases to slightly more than 70 percent. Although there is no cure for gum disease, there is treatment. The dentists and their staff of hygienists and assistants at Sleep Dentists offer gum disease treatment Plantation, FL, and surrounding communities can count on to arrest the disease’s progression.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissue that surround and support your teeth. Caused by bacteria, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, because the toxins that these bacteria produce damage the connective tissue and bone.
Of course, you can’t see bone damage. What you can see, however, are the outward signs of gum disease, including:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
- Red, swollen and sensitive gums
- Unpleasant breath
- Teeth that have shifted or a change in your bite
- Loose teeth
- Dentures that don’t fit
More often than not, poor oral hygiene causes gum disease to start. That’s why the dentists at Sleep Dentists—Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, Dr. Hohimer, Dr. Landa, Dr. Norkin, and Dr. Modarres—strongly encourage you and each member of your family from the youngest to the eldest to brush and floss at least twice each day and schedule dental checkups twice each year.
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
If we see signs of gum disease, then a course of treatment will be recommended. The type of treatment required will depend on how far your gum disease has advanced. In the case of gingivitis, a thorough cleaning that includes planing and root scaling may be what’s needed. With planing and scaling, we remove plaque and tartar, and then smooth the roots below the gum line, so plaque can’t buildup. When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, surgery may be needed. Our periodontist can recommend appropriate treatment.
Call Our Office Today
If you are noticing any of the signs of gum disease listed above, then call Sleep Dentists to schedule an appointment. Our practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout Plantation, FL, and the surrounding areas, including Lauderhill, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, and beyond.