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When it comes to your dental care, you have a right to ask questions. At Bonita Grande Dental, we believe that the only silly question is the one that goes unasked. You're not expected to be an expert in your dental care – that's our job! But there are often decisions to be made about certain treatments where you need to feel like you can turn to a trusted source who has your best interest at heart.
Patient education plays a huge part in the services we provide, and we take the time to thoroughly answer your questions while you're in our office. But there's always one more question that comes to you, so we've listed a few that we tend to hear more often. If yours isn't listed here, please don't hesitate to contact us, and a helpful member of our team will do everything possible to help you find the answer you need.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that attacks the structures that hold your teeth in place including soft tissue, ligaments, and bone.
The two stages of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is usually indicated by tender or inflamed gums and gums that bleed easily when you brush. But at this stage, the teeth are still firmly rooted, and no bone loss or tissue damage has occurred.
What Happens If Gingivitis Goes Untreated
If we don’t treat gingivitis, the infection continues to spread and the gums and bone separate from the teeth forming pockets. Debris collects in these small spaces and causes an infection. Your immune system tries to fight the infection as it spreads below the gum line. The pockets deepen, the bone and connective tissue that supports your teeth start to break down causing them to loosen, and tooth loss becomes a real possibility.
Gum disease is a widespread problem that affects millions of adults in the US, but the good news is that it’s largely preventable and treatable when caught in the earliest stages. Prevention includes brushing twice a day, flossing once, watching your intake of sugary foods and drinks, and visiting your dentist regularly.
At Bonita Grande Dental, we can show you how to avoid gum disease, and If you need periodontal treatment in Bonita Springs, we provide the gentle care you need. Please call us today so we can check your oral health and help you avoid the complications of gum disease.
Gum disease starts when bacteria-filled plaque is allowed to build up between your teeth and under the gum line. Without treatment, these pockets deepen, separating the teeth and gums from bone. Your teeth may loosen and, without treatment, they may be lost.
During each professional cleaning at our Bonita Springs dental office, our dental hygienist looks for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the depth of these gum pockets. If everything looks normal, we'll proceed with a regular cleaning. However, depending on the extent of disease present, we may recommend scaling and root planing. Also referred to as a deep cleaning, this procedure involves gentle removal of bacteria, plaque, and calculus deposits to aid in healing.
The Importance Of Visiting Your Bonita Springs Dentist
Gum disease is a serious problem, but it is highly preventable with proper oral hygiene and routine dental care. One of the reasons that gum disease is so prevalent is because it may be present and not show any symptoms. This is why regular exams are essential.
If it's time for your routine dental exam, please give us a call to make an appointment. Our hygienist will evaluate the condition of your gums and let you know if a regular cleaning is enough or if you can benefit from a deep cleaning.