Are your gums sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages? Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? You may have gingivitis or gum inflammation. Over time, gingivitis can become periodontitis or gum disease. Gum disease occurs when harmful bacteria build up between teeth and on the gum tissue.
Bacteria inflame and irritate the gum tissue. Over time, as bacteria inflame the gum tissue, that inflammation can spread to other parts of the body. It is important to receive periodontal disease treatment in our Sarasota, FL, dental office before inflammation spreads. Under professional care, you can restore your gum health.
What are the Signs of Gum Disease?
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Irritated and inflamed gum tissue
- Bad breath
- Bright red gum tissue
- Gums that bleed easily
- Sensitive teeth and gums
If you notice any of these signs, contact our office. We will evaluate your smile and recommend the best treatment method for your gingivitis or gum disease.
Treating Gum Disease in Sarasota, FL
We provide deep cleaning treatments for patients who already notice signs of gum disease. Our dental hygienists use the AIRFLOW system at regular visits to remove plaque and tartar. Plaque is a bacterial film that turns into tartar and calculus once hardened. Removing tartar and calculus from the teeth and gums at home is more difficult, which is why routine cleanings are important.
Scaling and root planing are great deep-cleaning treatments for patients with bacterial buildup on their gums and tooth roots. We gently etch away plaque and tartar on and below the gum tissue during scaling treatment.
Root planing can remove bacteria from the tooth roots. Performing scaling and root planing treatments for patients with chronic gum problems helps them manage their oral health. We can also refer patients to specialists if they require extensive oral surgery to restore their gum tissue.
Reverse Gum Disease
Early treatment and prevention are key to periodontal therapy. Call 941-270-9755 or request a routine dental appointment with us online if you notice any changes in your gum health. Please let us know if you have questions at your next dental visit; we’re here to help.