Gum disease is a widespread problem in this country. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology estimates that as many as 75 percent of people suffer from some form of it. If you are one of those people, you might not even realize you are suffering from periodontal disease. And even if you do, it is highly likely you are not seeking treatment for it.
What many people don’t realize is that gum disease can impact the health of your entire body, including contributing to other diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as certain types of cancer. Your dentists in Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce, Drs. Arturo and Maria Ricard, can help ensure that your gums remain healthy with regular periodontal care.
Gums Are an Essential Part of a Healthy Smile
Your teeth are only one part of a beautiful smile. Keeping your gums pink and healthy is another part. Your gums frame your teeth, providing a barrier to disease and decay. It is important to remember, however, that gums are susceptible to infection. Because of this, gum disease is a surprisingly common condition that can wreak havoc on your smile and negatively impact the health of your entire body.
If you are unsure of the health of your gums, come in to our office for an exam. Schedule a consultation for periodontal care in Fort Pierce with Ricard Family Dentistry to protect your smile from the following issues:
- Bleeding, swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Tooth loss and loss of bone volume
- Bad breath
Some Options for Treating Gum Disease
There are a couple of different ways we will care for gum disease at Ricard Family Dentistry:
Scaling and Root Planing—This noninvasive gum disease treatment will help you avoid gum surgery. Hand tools and ultrasonic scalers are used to remove plaque and bacteria from underneath the gum line. To reduce the opportunity for reinfection, the tooth roots are smoothed. The end result is a reduction in the size of periodontal pockets and gums that are healthy once again.
Osseous Surgery—When periodontal disease has become severe, surgery may be necessary. During this procedure, the roots of the teeth are smoothed to eliminate any rough surfaces that might have been created by the bacteria. Wide periodontal pockets are cleaned, then they are trimmed and repositioned during the surgery. After the procedure, gum health is dramatically improved.
Continuing Good Periodontal Health
The purpose of these gum disease treatments is to disrupt the biofilm that forms on your teeth and to control or decrease the number of harmful bacteria present in your mouth. Tartar and plaque are removed from both above and below the gum line. Periodontal maintenance is scheduled every three to four months after you have undergone gum surgery.
Keep your teeth and gums healthy with a visit to Ricard Family Dentistry. We will help you enhance the beauty and function of your smile with our emphasis on preventive care. Our main goal is to help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime. Schedule your consultation with Ricard Family Dentistry to experience a higher standard of dental care.