At University Dental Group, we recognize the importance of your Periodontal Health for the long term care of your teeth. Periodontal refers to the soft gum tissues that support your teeth. If infected or diseased, your gums will pull away from your teeth, causing them to lose that support. Our dentists, Dr. Morales, Dr. Garcia, and Dr. Triana, can strengthen, eliminate infection and rebuild your gums to a healthy state.
WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE/GUM DISEASE?
Known to dentists as Periodontal Disease, but better known to patients as Gum disease, either term, this condition is an infection in the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Gum Disease is a common, though dangerous dental condition, that most adults suffer from in some form.
Many patients may be unaware that they have gum disease because it is usually painless and thought of more as an irritant than a problem. Gum disease is caused from bacteria filled plaque and calculus resting along the rim of your teeth adjacent to your gum line. Plaque is a naturally forming blend of food debris and saliva that is created when you chew. If not frequently brushed away, this material will harden into what is known as calculus. Calculus is filled with active damage causing bacteria that will work to destroy your teeth and gums if left in place.
WARNING SIGNS THAT INDICATE GUM DISEASE
Our patients will be educated of signs that they can see when checking the health of their gums. These signs include:
Some patients may find that they are more susceptible to gum disease when their immune system has been compromised. Patients who are pregnant need to be especially careful in the care of their gums. Patients who smoke, have diabetes, or heart disease, may be at higher risk of developing gum disease. It is important to visit University Dental Group if you suspect you have gum disease, because the sooner you treat it the better.
EARLY STAGE - GINGIVITIS
The most common form of gum disease, gingivitis is the earliest stage. At this stage, a good dental hygiene cleaning should clear away the irritating debris, helping restore the health of your teeth. At this stage, gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. Gingivitis is reversible and can be eliminated and maintained with simple changes to your daily oral habits.
ADVANCED STAGE - PERIODONTITIS
If Gingivitis is ignored, or if a patient is experiencing a chronic problem, this is known as Periodontitis. This can have long term damaging effects. Periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and lead to the loss of one, multiple, or even all of your teeth over time. With active periodontitis, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. Patients not realize the seriousness of the issue due to slow progress, but this condition can have periods of rapid progression.
Aggressive periodontitis will ultimately be highly destructive to your oral health. This can be a sneaky condition, a patient may have no outward, obvious signs of poor health, but a raging infection is occurring. Patients may be experiencing symptoms of tiredness or poor health unaware that it is an infection in their mouths that is causing these symptoms. Some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes or stroke. Periodontal disease is never considered cured, however, it can be maintained, we have measures to help slow or stop the progression.
HOW CAN I MAINTAIN HEALTHY GUMS?
Scheduling regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. The treatment methods that our dentists, Dr. Morales, Dr. Garcia, and Dr. Triana, diagnose will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home, including brushing twice daily and flossing every night, is essential for helping to keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious.
For more information on the dental tools we use, or if you are searching for a specific tool or technique, contact one of our dentists:
at our Coral Gables, FL 33146 - 305-661-8240