Periodontal Treatment in Sarasota, FL
Most adults know that brushing twice daily and flossing daily is necessary for keeping their smile healthy and beautiful. While correct hygiene is essential, semi-annual visits for exams and cleanings also help minimize your risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Here at the office of Deborah Simpkins, DMD, we approach each of our patients as a unique individual and will recommend personalized healthy at-home routines that are easy to follow. From our youngest patient to our most senior, we will develop a plan for treatment and prevention that fits your unique needs.
Why Your Gum Health Matters
Healthy teeth are supported by healthy gums. But if your gums are compromised by periodontal disease, there’s a lot more at stake than your oral health.
It seems that nearly every week we see new research that highlights the effects that poor gum health can have on other bodily systems. These studies establish a definite relationship between the health of your gums and your overall health and well-being. Today we know that gum disease can be a contributing factor to heart and respiratory disease, diabetes, strokes, and even dementia.
How Gum Disease Affects Your Smile
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that causes your gums to become inflamed, irritated, and bleed easily when you brush. During its earliest stages, we refer to gum disease as gingivitis.
Without treatment, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. At this point, your gums begin to pull away from your teeth and leave pockets where bacteria and food collect. When these pockets become infected, the bone and tissues that hold a tooth in place break down, which ultimately leads to tooth loss.
How We Treat Gum Disease
During your semi-annual cleaning appointment at our Sarasota, FL dental office, Dr. Simpkins will look for signs of gum disease. These routine visits are essential because gum disease often develops and does considerable damage before you even know it exists in your mouth.
If you have gingivitis, we will perform a thorough cleaning and make recommendations for improving your at-home oral hygiene habits.
If periodontitis is present, we will recommend a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. During scaling, tartar above and below the gumline is cleared away; planing smooths rough spots on the tooth roots where germs gather.
In some cases, a laser may be used to remove plaque and tartar. Treatment with dental lasers results in less bleeding, less discomfort, and faster healing times compared to traditional deep cleaning treatment.
Please Call to Arrange an Appointment
At the office of Deborah Simpkins, DMD, we provide preventive treatments that keep your teeth healthy and free of disease. But if your teeth aren’t as healthy as you would like them to be, please don’t put off appointments because of embarrassment. We will start where you are and restore your oral health without judgment.
Please contact us to arrange your next exam and dental cleaning at our Sarasota, FL dental office.