At West Glades Dental, we focus on the overall health of our patients. One way we do that is by helping you achieve excellent gum health and protecting your smile with effective preventive treatment so that you can enjoy comfort and health for a lifetime!
Periodontal Health and Systemic Conditions
Healthy gums are the foundation of your oral health and have a dramatic impact on your overall wellness. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than half of adult Americans suffer from some level of periodontal (gum) disease.
Researchers have discovered links between periodontal disease and other health conditions such as heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and respiratory illnesses. Gum disease may also cause low birth-weight babies, putting your child’s health at risk.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Though periodontal disease has many levels of severity, the early symptoms include:
- Bleeding when you brush or floss
- Swollen, red gums
- Pain when cleaning teeth
- Bad breath
Blood is a sign of trouble when it comes to your gums. If you find that your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it is time for a periodontal exam with Dr. Molero or Dr. Soto so we can help you get back on track.
Some symptoms of advanced periodontal disease include:
- Pocketing around your gums
- Tooth mobility
- Gum recession
- Sensitivity to temperature
Your gum health may change throughout your life and can be affected by hormones, medication, and medical conditions. By seeking periodontal treatment at our Boca Raton dental office, you can have a plan to keep gum infections under control.
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
In its early stages, we can often reverse periodontal disease with proper treatment. In its later stages, we can control the infection with proper care and keep you on an effective recare schedule to help you stay healthy.
Customized dental cleanings – Some patients may require a regular dental cleaning while others could benefit from a series of dental cleanings that focus on removing bacteria and tartar. Our hygienists will perform dental cleanings based on what you need at this stage in your life.
Cleaning frequency – In order to restore your health, we may recommend that you come in for dental cleanings three to four times per year. Preventing tooth loss is much easier and more affordable than replacing lost teeth!
Antibiotic treatment – In the case of periodontal pocketing, we may place a localized antibiotic to assist with healing.
Periodontal surgery – Removing diseased tissue can help your gums heal. We have an on-site periodontist who is both skilled and extremely gentle at eliminating serious gum infections.
Benefits of Periodontal Treatment
The sooner you seek treatment, the faster you can enjoy the benefits of good oral health!
- Reduce inflammation and infection
- Improve your overall health
- Prevent tooth loss
- Eliminate bad breath
- Reduce pain
We approach periodontal treatment on an individual basis and will provide you with a treatment plan to restore your health. Our compassionate dentists will never make you feel guilty for falling behind on your care. Instead, we will build a partnership with you to achieve excellent oral health that provides comfort and confidence in your smile!
Additional Periodontal Treatments
In addition to treating gum disease, we are fortunate that our in-house periodontist is skilled in all types of gum surgeries. Bone grafts, gum grafts, sinus lifts, crown lengthening, and gingival (cosmetic) gum sculpting can all be completed in the comfort of our Boca Raton dental office.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment
Both Dr. Joebeth Molero and Dr. Karla Soto look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. Call our Boca Raton, FL dental office today to schedule your next dental exam!