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Treating Gingivitis Can Save Your Smile

July 8, 2021
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Posted By: Deborah Simpkins DMD
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If your gums are sensitive, swollen, or sore, you may want your dentist to check your smile for gingivitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal (gum) disease, and it can be painful and lead to serious health conditions. If not treated, gum disease can result in tooth loss, and it can even lead to heart disease, according to Harvard Health Publishing

Luckily, Dr. Simpkins and her kind and skilled dental team can help you prevent and control gingivitis with regular dental visits and an excellent hygiene regimen. 

Regular Dental Visits

Periodontal maintenance is essential for preventing and controlling periodontal disease and gingivitis. Periodontal maintenance can include cleaning techniques, such as scaling and root planing. 

Scaling and root planing allows your dentist to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, removing bacteria and plaque from all the nooks and crannies in your smile. This technique focuses explicitly on cleaning the gum tissue, especially below the gumline. 

At-Home Hygiene 

Another way to prevent or control periodontal disease and gingivitis is to practice an excellent home hygiene routine. In other words, regular brushing and flossing can solve numerous dental health issues, including gum disease. 

Brushing at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste clears away food debris and plaque from the teeth’s surfaces, while flossing removes particles from between the teeth. Flossing also stimulates the gums, making them stronger and more capable of holding the teeth in place. 

Call Your Sarasota Dentist Today! 

Dr. Deborah Simpkins is an understanding and skillful dentist in Sarasota who can help you reclaim your gum health with gentle periodontal therapy. 

We believe exceptional dental care should be accessible to each of our patients, which is why we proudly accept CareCredit at our dental office. CareCredit can help you receive necessary periodontal treatment that fits within your budget! 

If you are looking for a family dental office in South Sarasota, give us a call at (941) 921-2122! One of our friendly team members will be happy to book your appointment or answer any questions you may have about gingivitis treatment. 

We also happily serve neighbors and families in Gulf Gate Estates, Vamo, Siesta Key, Osprey, Bee Ridge, and all surrounding communities. 

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