Have you ever experienced periodontal, or gum, disease? It is a very common condition that affects most people to some degree at some point in their lives. Our Fort Myers Beach dentist and the rest of the staff at McGregor Dental at McGregor Point see it in patients quite regularly. The main cause of periodontal disease is a buildup of bacteria and food debris. If bacteria like plaque are not properly removed from your mouth by thoroughly brushing and flossing each day, they begin to build up and cause problems in your mouth. They can inflame and infect your gums, leading to the development of gum disease.
There are several symptoms that tend to go along with periodontal disease. They include: redness of the gums, pain in the gums, gum tenderness, bleeding from the gums, and more. If you notice any of these symptoms happening to you, you should schedule an appointment with our Fort Myers Beach dentist. After a careful examination of you teeth and evaluation of your symptoms, we will be able to determine if you have periodontal disease and then be able to recommend appropriate treatments. The main focus of periodontal disease treatment is cleaning. You may be wondering: how does a periodontal cleaning differ from a regular dental cleaning? The main deep cleaning techniques used in periodontal treatments are referred to as scaling and planing. They differ from regular cleaning techniques because they aim to remove bacteria that have congregated within the pockets that exist between your gums and teeth. In some cases, the periodontal disease is not cured simply with cleaning techniques alone, and surgical methods may be necessary. Our Fort Myers Beach dentist will advise you about the treatment that is best for you after an examination at our office.
If you would like to learn more about periodontal treatments or any of the other services provided by our Fort Myers Beach dentist at McGregor Dental at McGregor Point, we encourage you to take a look at our practice’s website. There you can find plenty of information about these topics and more. If you have a question or concern that you feel we can help you with, do not hesitate in contacting us either by calling us directly at the office or sending us a message online.