Fort Lauderdale, Florida– According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 65 million Americans are affected by periodontal disease. One in every two adults age 30 and older suffer from gum disease. We support the American Academy of Periodontology, who is calling for Americans to take better care of their gums. Guidelines like brushing twice a day, flossing daily and receiving an annual exam from your local dentist are not enough sometimes.
Excess bacteria in the mouth allows plaque to build up underneath the gum line and initiate the roots of periodontal disease. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, and we know that brushing alone does not remove the bacteria that live below the gum line. When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, surgery may be needed. Our Periodontist is extremely qualified, and can recommend the appropriate treatment for any of your dental problems.
Periodontal disease can lead to bone damage, tooth loss, receding gum-lines, and it can increase the risk of other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. In addition to diabetes, periodontal disease has been linked to other chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer. Gum disease harms the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, which may possibly lead to tooth loss.
Poor oral hygiene is the primary cause of periodontal disease, but smoking is also a significant risk factor in progression of the disease. Thankfully, periodontal disease is mostly preventable and treatable. The early warning signs are often not obvious and painless, which may lead you to believe nothing is wrong. We believe everyone should practice good oral hygiene and regularly discuss their teeth with our Plantation professional dentists. With an appropriate diagnosis, the damage from periodontal disease is reversible in many cases.
We specialize in Periodontal Therapy to treat all aspects of gum disease. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Our first step is a thorough cleaning and scaling to remove plaque and tarter deposits beneath the gum line.
When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, surgery may be needed. Our Periodontist is extremely qualified, and can recommend appropriate treatment.
Some warning signs that you may have periodontal disease are the following:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Change in the fit of partial dentures
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