Periodontal/Hygiene Services in St. Cloud, FL
Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 47.2 percent of American adults have periodontitis? This advanced form of periodontal disease causes bone loss under the teeth and damage to the gum tissue. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and certain chronic inflammatory diseases, including heart disease, and diabetes.
While excellent oral hygiene and regular dentist visits can help prevent this disease from starting, certain people are more susceptible than others. Pregnancy, chemotherapy, and even having a chronically dry mouth due to a medication can raise your risk of developing gum disease. You’re also at higher risk if you're over the age of 65, use tobacco, or have poor nutrition.
At Lakeshore Dental Care, we personalize your dental treatments, depending on what you need. If you're concerned about your periodontal health in the St. Cloud, Florida area, please call our dental office for an appointment.
Diagnosing Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease occurs when there's inflammation or infection around the gums. When bacteria and plaque build-up on the teeth and under the gum line, it turns into tartar, a hard substance that only a dental hygienist can remove.
Excellent oral hygiene and visiting our dentist office for routine teeth cleanings and exams – and before you have symptoms – are the best ways to prevent periodontal disease. At each checkup, we will measure the pockets between your gums and teeth to determine if there's inflammation or infection. However, if you notice any of these symptoms, call our St. Cloud, Florida dentist office right away for an evaluation:
- Bad breath
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
- Pain when brushing or flossing
- Red, swollen gums
- Receding gums
Treating Periodontal Disease
If we find that you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, our dental hygienist will gently remove bacteria containing tartar deposits above and below the gum line. If needed, we may recommend a deep cleaning at an additional appointment.
We're Here for You
No matter what type of dental care you need, our experienced, caring staff is here to listen and help. If you notice changes in your teeth or gums, please call our St. Cloud dental office to schedule a dental exam. The sooner we can see you for a dental cleaning, the sooner we can you back on track.
Call us today at (407) 957-6760 to schedule your teeth exam or cleaning!