According to the American Dental Association, 47.2 percent of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the United States. Periodontal disease is also the leading cause of tooth-loss in adults, which is why you need to make sure you visit your Plantation, FL dentist Dr. Annette Middelhof for your bi-annual dental checkup.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria after someone consumes a sugar-containing meal. When teeth aren't thoroughly brushed, the buildup of plaque on teeth becomes hard tartar.
When tartar, or calculus, accumulates on your gums, you may see swelling and gums bleeding easily. If you start noticing these symptoms, this means you're experiencing gingivitis.
Here are some more symptoms to keep a lookout for:
- Bad breath or bad taste that persists
- Gums pulling away from teeth
- Loose permanent teeth
- Gums that are red, bleed easily or are swollen
Reasons for Gum Disease:
There are other factors that contribute to the increased risk of periodontal disease:
- Crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
Periodontal Therapy Procedures in Plantation, FL
Periodontal therapy includes both surgical and non-surgical:
- Scaling and Root Planing. A deep-cleaning techniques are the best starting point to control gum disease.
- Gum Grafting. Replacing areas of lost gum tissue so that tooth roots are adequately protected.
- Periodontal Plastic Surgery. A reshaping procedure that creates a more pleasing appearance of the gum tissues.
- Periodontal Laser Treatment. Removing diseased gum tissue with lasers.
- Crown Lengthening Surgery. A surgical procedure that exposes bone tissue for cosmetic reasons.
- Dental Implants. Replacing your tooth roots with a titanium post and placing a crown on top.
If you would like to speak to your doctor about periodontal disease or periodontal therapy, just call your Plantation, FL dentist today!