Periodontal Care in West Bradenton, FL
Healthy gums are essential for a long-lasting, functional smile. The gums play an integral role in one’s oral health, as they hold the teeth in place and provide a barrier against harmful bacteria.
Many people may not realize the importance of healthy gums, which can often result in oral infection and other medical conditions, like heart disease or stroke. At Palms Dental, Dr. Christopher Stock provides comprehensive periodontal care to help prevent and control gum disease and assist patients in preserving their gum health.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a serious gum infection caused by the bacteria in plaque. Consistent plaque removal is necessary to reduce the risk of bacteria buildup that can infect the teeth, gums, and surrounding bones.
Untreated periodontal disease damages soft tissues and can also destroy the bones that support your teeth. This disease can lead to tooth movement and eventual loss of teeth. In fact, gum disease is one of the primary causes of tooth loss.
Though common among adults, periodontitis is mainly preventable. The three stages of gum disease progression are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. The longer the disease remains uncontrolled, the more damage to one’s health it can cause.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
Each person’s experience with gum disease differs, but common signs include:
- Red, tender, and swollen gums
- Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
- Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Receding gum line or pockets between teeth
- Changes in one’s teeth alignment
- Loose teeth
If you have any of these associated symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact Palms Dental for a periodontal evaluation. Dr. Stock can determine the origin of your concerns and provide prompt and painless treatment.
Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment
The goal of periodontal treatment is to control the infection, so it doesn’t progress. Treatment will vary based on the extent of a patient’s condition. However, all of our periodontal treatments require patients to practice excellent oral hygiene at home and get routine teeth cleanings at our Bradenton dental office.
With advancements in periodontal disease detection and treatment, your Palms Dental dentist can discover early signs of the disease and start treatment before issues arise. At every dental exam, Dr. Stock performs thorough visual and digital radiographic evaluations. Not only does he take digital x-rays and photographs of your mouth, but he also screens for decay, gum disease, and oral cancers. Some of our periodontal treatments include deep cleanings, as well as scaling and root planing. Depending on your unique needs, Dr. Stock will deliver gentle and thorough treatment and maintenance.
Caring for Your Gums at Home
Some simple steps can help you avoid the development of gum disease, such as:
- Gently and thoroughly brush and floss at least twice each day to clear away plaque and bacteria.
- Rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash every day to control plaque buildup.
- Visit your dentist for regular dental check-ups.
Even if you do not have symptoms of gum disease, we strongly encourage you to visit your dentist for dental cleanings and exams every six months. Receiving professional dental care on a regular basis helps keep your teeth and gums healthy and can protect you from gum disease.
Please get in touch with us today to schedule your dental appointment with Dr. Stock.