Sometimes proper brushing isn’t enough to safeguard your healthy smile. The team dentists at Cooper City Family Dentistry in Cooper City, Florida, provides gum disease treatment to minimize tooth loss, oral health issues, and broader health problems. Protect your health and natural smile today by calling or booking a consultation online.
Gum disease is also called periodontal disease. It's caused by a sticky film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth. This film is called plaque. Without proper cleaning, the bacteria in plaque can cause gum and bone inflammation.
Once inflamed, your gums pull away from your teeth, creating spaces called pockets. Plaque gets trapped in these pockets and regular brushing can't remove it.
Chronic gum disease affects nearly half of Americans over age 30. Research suggests gum disease leads to oral health problems, tooth loss, and overall health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and more.
You may notice one or more of these common signs of gum disease:
A professional cleaning at Cooper City Family Dentistry can often catch gum disease early enough to prevent tooth damage. However, if the pockets between your gums and teeth are too deep, your dentist recommends gum disease treatment to improve your oral health.
Your dentist at Cooper City Family Dentistry treats gum disease with scaling and root planing. These are nonsurgical treatments done in two steps.
First, your dentist carefully removes the plaque and tartar, which is hardened plaque, both above and below your gum line. Then, they smooth your teeth’s root surfaces. Smoothing helps your gum tissues to heal and reattach to your teeth.
Following scaling and root planing, you’ll want to maintain regular dental visits at Cooper City Family Dentistry to keep gum disease from returning.
Your teeth may feel painful for a day or so, and might feel sensitive for up to a week. Your gums may bleed and feel swollen and tender.
After your treatment, your dentist at Cooper City Family Dentistry often suggests a particular oral care routine to help your gums heal. They may prescribe a pill or mouth rinse to prevent infection.
If your gums are tender or swollen, call Cooper City Family Dentistry today, or book a consultation online to find out if you need gum disease treatment.