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Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss. This disease destroys the connective tissue and bone that holds your teeth in place. When detected early, effective treatment and therapy can stop Periodontitis in its tracks, and may even reverse it to a certain degree.
Periodontal disease starts with bacterial growth in the mouth. This bacteria, or plaque, hardens into tartar. Without routine dental examinations and teeth cleanings that will remove plaque and tartar, they will continue to compound and begin to release acids into the mouth that get between teeth and gums. The result is gum irritation, inflammation, and gums that may even begin to bleed when brushing your teeth. This is called Gingivitis. If not treated, Gingivitis can lead to infection that may spread to other areas of the body. Gingivitis will usually, but not always, precede periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a warning signal to seek immediate treatment from a dental professional. Half the battle against periodontal disease is early detection, and at this stage, no permanent damage has taken place. At Florida Smiles Dental, part of every routine exam includes an evaluation to determine whether plaque and inflammation are present.
Causes that contribute to gum disease, in addition to plaque, include:
· Certain medications
· Poor oral hygiene
· Poor nutrition
· Family history of dental disease
· Receding gums
· Medical conditions, such as Diabetes, which impair circulation and the ability to heal
· Hormonal changes
Regularly scheduled dental examinations and teeth cleanings are imperative, as they are the main tools prevention against Periodontitis. If gum disease becomes present in a patient’s mouth, Dr. Peter Scerbo and the Florida Smiles Dental team utilize the most advanced technology to treat and eliminate it. When you are a patient of Dr. Peter Scerbo, your comfort is top priority. A patient who is confident and has trust in his or her dental professional team will achieve the best results.
· PerioLase MVP-7:The most advanced dental laser that preserves more healthy gum tissue areas than other treatments.
· LANAP Laser Procedure: FDA approved, cutting-edge laser procedure that promotes the regeneration of healthy gum tissue, and offers less bleeding, less swelling and discomfort for the patient. This procedure is perfect for those who are fearful of dental procedures.
Dr. Peter Scerbo and the team at Florida Smiles Dental in Fort Lauderdale are the most trusted dental professionals in Fort Lauderdale. Make him your partner in maintaining your good oral health. Dr. Scerbo and his dental team will provide you with the information and instruction you can use to prevent periodontal disease, as well as the expertise to eliminate it. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Peter Scerbo, take a tour of the Florida Smiles Dental offices, and meet our highly trained and welcoming team of professionals. Call 954.523.6525 for an appointment today. Here’s to your good oral health!