Don’t put your oral health at risk by being unaware of the potential threats to your smile. If you’d like to learn more about periodontal disease, how it’s caused, and what you can do to avoid the need for a gum disease treatment, set up a visit at Panama City Smiles today by calling us at 850-588-0185.
We offer a wide range of general dentistry options to help you and your loved ones achieve and maintain optimum oral health at our Panama City, FL dentist office. We proudly serve our local community as well as surrounding areas in the Bay County region.
For your convenience, we offer free initial consultations and complimentary second opinions so you can make informed decisions about your oral health without spending money to get the information you need.
We also accept a broad variety of payment options, including third-party financing through CareCredit. Or, if it works better for you, we can create a custom payment schedule so you can cover the cost of your care over time.
Find Out The Basics Of Gum Disease And How We Can Help
Periodontitis, also known as gum disease or periodontal disease, is caused by the growth of bad bacteria in your mouth. If not treated properly, the disease can get worse, leading to tissue damage and, eventually, tooth loss and other major oral health problems.
Periodontitis is preceded by a condition called gingivitis, a common problem that affects roughly half of all Americans according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
With proper treatment and a shift to good oral hygiene habits, gingivitis is reversible, but once periodontal disease develops to a certain point, the problem is very difficult to address. This is because your gum tissue and bone tissue will actually begin to deteriorate and separate from each other, causing pockets between your gums and tooth roots.
Once these pockets form, the problem can only get worse as bad bacteria can collect there and speed up the deterioration process.
Part of why periodontal disease is so common is because the symptoms often go overlooked. In some cases, pain or discomfort can occur, but oftentimes, a patient will not be aware of the problem until it is too late or a dentist tells them. Here are some of the common signs of gum disease that you should look out for:
- Tender, swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily when you are brushing and/or flossing your teeth
- Teeth that experience sensitivity to extreme hot or cold drinks and foods
- Persistent and/or chronic bad breath
- Gums that have gotten redder than they used to be
- A gumline that has receded, leaving tooth roots exposed
- Adult teeth that feel loose
- A sudden change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
There are also various risk factors that you should be aware of. Although none of these things are a guarantee that you’ll develop gum health problems, you should be aware that the following could lead to or speed up periodontal disease:
- Some illnesses that affect the immune system like HIV or cancer
- Certain medications, including ones that limit the production of saliva
- Hormonal changes
- Tobacco usage, including smokeless options
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Family history of gum disease and other oral health issues
If we determine that you are showing signs of gum disease, we will act quickly to get the problem in check. If you have any questions or concerns, just let us know. We will help you understand the situation so you can feel more in control. We’ll also provide professional answers in accessible language.
Depending on your particular case, we can usually provide a gum disease treatment in two appointments that last about an hour and a half each. During these visits, we will use two methods called:
- Scaling, which is when we use special instruments to scrape away bad bacteria from the surface of your tooth roots
- Root planing, which allows us to smooth out the surface of tooth roots, making them a less hospitable place for bacteria to hide
We will do all we can to make your visits as pleasant as possible. We even have some amenities to help you feel more comfortable and can offer extended appointments in our private spa-like care rooms so you won’t feel rushed.
If you’re worried that your smile’s foundation is unhealthy, call Panama City Smiles at 850-588-0185 to book a gum disease treatment consultation with us free of charge. You can also fill out our handy online form to schedule or ask questions.