Periodontal Care in Deltona Florida
At Deltona Smiles Dentistry in Deltona, Florida, we consider your smile a piece of art! Your gums are the “frame” for your teeth. Proper care of the gum support tissues includes proper nutrition, proper home care and regular professional maintenance. If any of those three factors are missing, the gum health can deteriorate and this can lead to tooth loss.
Nearly 2/3 of the adult population over 30 years old in the United States have some degree of periodontal disease. This is the leading cause of tooth loss in America. Not only is periodontal disease related to tooth loss, but there are several studies that show the correlation between gum disease and a number of other systemic health conditions. A few of these medical conditions include diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke, or in some cases can lead to preterm birth or low birth weight. Most periodontal disease is considered a “chronic” condition, meaning that once you have the disease, without therapy, it is going to continue to deteriorate the supporting structures around the tooth – specifically the bone and the gums.
The difference between a regular cleaning and a periodontal cleaning is that we go deeper below the gumline into the pockets that are created by infection, bacteria, food particles and plaque that help to deteriorate the connection of the gum tissue to the tooth near the neck of the tooth. Thorough periodontal care includes making sure the height of the gums is esthetic, the bone support is intact, and the gum tissue is not irritated. There are procedures and steps we can take to address any of those situations.
After you have your first diagnostic exam with us, we will determine if you are in the basic maintenance category of cleanings, or if you need a little more attention via either more in-depth professional cleaning procedures or even supplemental oral medicaments to help improve the gums.
Some of the conditions that might indicate you need more than “just a cleaning” include:
-deep pockets around your teeth
-calcified tartar at the gumline
The gums are also called the “gingiva”. If they are swollen, it is called “gingivitis”. When it starts to go deeper and affect the bone support, it is referred to as “periodontal disease”. The goal is to identify this early and implement proper steps to reverse, halt, or slow down the progression to periodontal disease. As mentioned earlier, proper diagnosis is the first step to curing this common disease.
At our office, in addition to performing a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, Dr. Zerivitz will also do a complete periodontal examination. This includes measuring the “gum pockets”, checking for any swelling, bleeding lose teeth or recession. In some cases, we might even include a DNA Analysis of the saliva to determine which bacteria area in your mouth. Certain dangerous bacteria can be treated with targeted antibiotics and in conjunction with proper care and nutrition, we can often significantly improve the overall health of your gum tissues.
Periodontal disease, when left untreated will often lead to tooth loss and dentures. Using our non-surgical gum disease techniques, we can hopefully avoid this with more affordable and comfortable procedures.
Some of the other symptoms such as halitosis – or “bad breath”, can be helped significantly with doing a dietary evaluation in conjunction with periodontal care. In some cases, the diet is a factor, or certain foods, medications or medical conditions can also contribute to halitosis and gum disease. Therefore, it is critical to include a visit to the dentist to help identify the “root” causes of these symptoms.
At Deltona Smiles Dentistry, we have seen tens of thousands of patients. We will NEVER embarrass you or reprimand you. We are here to offer you professional compassionate care to help you keep your teeth for life! Many of our patients throughout Volusia County including the Deltona, Orange City, DeBary, DeLand, Lake Helen, Osteen, and Sanford areas appreciate the extra caring and trustworthy gentle care of Dr. Z.