Dental Cleanings in Deltona, Florida
Everyone loves that clean and fresh feeling after you have your teeth cleaned! Dr. Michael Zerivitz at Deltona Smiles Dentistry knows how important a dental cleaning can be to your overall health and well-being. Here in Deltona, our expert and gentle dental hygienists will evaluate your teeth for signs of gingivitis or periodontitis.
These are the two most common forms of gum disease. The most important oral health statistics show that most adult Americans suffer from some form of gum disease. This can be TOTALLY preventable! The painful problems related to gum disease start when you notice bleeding gums or sore and sensitive teeth. Yes, gum disease can make your teeth sensitive to cold drinks. The next step in the slow and relentless progression of gum disease occurs when the infection in the gums spreads down the side of the tooth and starts to deteriorate the bone of your jaw. This is called periodontitis and is the #1 cause of people losing their teeth from this slowly progressing gum disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontitis is a disease that attacks your mouth when years pass without a proper dental cleaning at your dental office. The symptoms are bleeding gums, loose teeth, foul odor, bad breath, and other unpleasant signs. This disease can be treated! You do NOT have to lose your teeth to gum disease!
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Here are things to look for:
- More than 12 months have passed since your last dental cleaning.
- The gums bleed when you brush or floss
- You have one or more loose teeth
- You have had extractions in the past due to bone loss around your teeth
- You suffer from diabetes
- You have dry mouth. (Many medications, like blood pressure meds, asthma medications and others can contribute to dry mouth)
- When you sleep, your mouth is open most of the night
- Some teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
How does Dr. Z treat gum disease?
Here are the steps:
- We start by making an accurate diagnosis. This consists of a thorough dental examination that includes x-rays and periodontal probing. If your dentist is not measuring the depth of the gum “pockets” with a special ruler, then you are not having a thorough examination. Of course, this measurement is part of Dr. Z’s exacting examination.
- Prescribe treatment based on the severity of the disease. In the case of mild to moderate gingivitis, you may only need one or two dental cleanings. Severe gingivitis that has spread to multiple teeth may require a debridement. Chronic periodontitis usually needs a treatment called Scaling and Root Planing.
- Debridement means that our gentle dental hygienist will clean the tartar (we call it calculus) from under the gum line. She uses a special cleaning tool that vibrates and cleans the root of the tooth. Once the calculus has been completely removed, your body will heal the area and the gum pockets will shrink. Good news!
- Scaling and Root Planing is a non-surgical method of removing the deep calculus that is hiding below the gum. The calculus is full of active and destructive bacteria that creates an area of infection that slowly eats away at the bone that holds your teeth in the jaws. This treatment removes the cause of the infection, so your body can start to heal the diseased area under the gum line. Our happy patients tell us that not only did their gums stop bleeding, but their teeth felt tighter, and their mouths felt cleaner and healthier after the treatment has been completed. Local anesthesia is frequently used so that you do not feel anything during the cleaning! Minor soreness the next day is the only common side-effect of scaling and root planning.
There are some new and exciting medical advances in the treatment of gum disease that we offer here at Deltona Smiles Dentistry in Deltona, FL.
- Dr. Zerivitz uses a new DNA analysis to make the diagnosis of exactly which specific dangerous bacteria are causing your problem. A simple mouth rinse and the saliva sample goes off to the DNA Laboratory. Soon, we receive a comprehensive report that tells Dr. Zerivitz the exact antibiotic that will be most effective on your particular bacteria. Wow! Targeted treatment.
- Dentists have always struggled with a method to reach down under the gum line to attack the problem at its’ roots (no pun intended). Now, we can use a patented product called Perio Protect® to put an oxygenated gel under the gum and hold it there for a designated period of time while the oxygen kills the “bad bacteria” that are causing the problem. Wearing a custom made, thin clear plastic splint holds the oxygenated gel against your teeth for an hour or two per treatment. This has proven very effective in stopping and reversing the periodontal disease. Very exciting!
So, friends, the bottom line is that you do not have to suffer with loose, missing, bleeding teeth. Help is available from Dr. Michael Zerivitz. If you live in Volusia County, Call us TODAY for an appointment and start back on the road to great dental health….