Treatment for gum disease in Fort Lauderdale
If you have noticed a little ‘pink in the sink’ when you brush, you are not alone. Many adults see this and believe that it is common or a normal part of brushing. While bleeding gums does happen to many patients, it is not a symptom that should be ignored. In fact, it is an indication that you could have gum disease. However, treatment for gum disease can be easy and effective. Dr. Yolanda Cintron, a trusted dentist in Fort Lauderdale has helped countless patients address their gum disease and ease their discomfort.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is caused when plaque builds up on the teeth and settles in at the gumline. This can be caused by poor brushing habits or not flossing frequently, or by smoking, aging, or genetics. Additionally, teeth that are out of place or misaligned can create pockets where food becomes trapped and leads to gum disease.
In its earliest form, gum disease is known as gingivitis and is easy to treat. Gingivitis has some tell-tale signs such as:
- Bleeding, swollen, or sore gums
- Bad breath that will not go away
These symptoms can be easy to overlook but should not be ignored. Treating gingivitis typically involves a professional dental cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar from the teeth. In some cases, a medicated mouthwash will also be prescribed to ensure that any bacteria are removed from the mouth.
Before and After Images of Periodontal
Advanced gum disease
If not caught early, gingivitis can escalate to periodontitis. These symptoms may include:
- Teeth that appear to be longer because of a receding gumline
- Teeth that feel loose
- Loss of teeth
The 3 stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by toxins irritating the gum line as a result of plaque buildup. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis includes swelling, sensitivity, and bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be easily reversed through professional care and good home oral hygiene. Periodontitis is categorized by irreversible bone loss that results from untreated gingivitis. The gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line which traps food and plaque. Dental treatment and home care can help prevent from further damage, but at this stage, the results are not reversible. Advanced periodontitis is when the fibers and bones supporting the teeth destroyed. This may cause teeth to shift or loosen. Teeth may have to be removed depending on how advanced the disease has become and if treatments are not effective. You can begin by preventing gum disease with good oral health. Pick up a brochure or ask your dentist today.
Advanced gum disease can be treated with a deep cleaning in which the gums are pulled away from the teeth, the space is thoroughly cleaned, and then the gums are sutured into place. Patients who have receding gums may also benefit from gum or tissue grafting.
Dr. Cintron and her entire team are dedicated to helping patients achieve their healthiest and happiest smiles. Healthy gums are an important piece of a healthy mouth. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, call (954) 945-7355 and make an appointment for a dental exam and cleaning. Dr. Cintron can diagnose and treat your gum disease and help you learn how to prevent it from occurring again.