Periodontal disease is the most common dental health issue in the U.S., impacting more than 70% of people aged 65 and older, to some degree. In addition to age, contributing factors that can increase your risk of gum disease include poor oral hygiene and/or nutrition, tobacco use, genetics, stress, teeth clenching (bruxism) and specific systemic diseases. Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque and associated toxins that can turn into tartar (calculus) if not adequately removed. Early-stage periodontal disease called gingivitis can cause inflammation, bleeding gums and gum infection. If gum disease progresses unchecked, you may develop periodontitis, advanced gum disease associated with formation of periodontal pockets and eventual tooth loss.
The good news is gum disease is preventable—and curable in early stages! Every time you visit Kari Mann Dental Studio for your biannual exam and cleaning, we perform gum screenings to ensure your gums are healthy or to detect inflammation before it damages your oral health. If you have gum disease, our dentist Dr. Kari Mann offers different treatments targeted at stopping gum disease in its tracks, from early-stage gingivitis treatment in Cape Coral, FL to advanced-stage periodontitis treatment. To ensure you’re comfortable during treatment, you can choose from several sedation options. To prevent recurrent gum disease, it’s crucial to follow a good oral hygiene routine at home and get professional teeth cleanings and exams at least twice a year. With regular professional care, maintenance and good oral health habits, gum disease doesn’t have to damage your smile ever again!
If our dentist determines you have gum disease, the first line gingivitis treatment in Cape Coral, FL is a procedure called scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning focused specifically on the gums and roots of your teeth. During this procedure, Dr. Kari Mann removes any plaque and bacteria from below your gumline, then gently smooths out the tooth roots. This reduces the likelihood of plaque and bacteria impacting your gums in the future and lowers the risk of reinfection.
A few months after scaling and root planing, bacterial plaque can cause gum disease to recur. We recommend periodontal maintenance with deeper cleanings every three to four months to help keep your gums and teeth healthy. The severity of your gum disease, response to other soft tissue procedures, plaque growth rate and oral care at home will help our team determine how often you’ll need this done.
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