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Routine Care Prevents a Silent Disease

Gum disease is an infection that can cause tooth loss and is associated with several serious health conditions including heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. After having an examination of your gums and bone you should ask your dentist if you have gum disease. While genetics plays a role in gum disease you can still have this condition even though your parents were never affected by it.

The presence of any of these symptoms warrants a complete examination for gum disease by a dentist.
• Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating.
• Gum recession, the roots of the teeth are exposed.
• Loose teeth.

Because gum disease can begin and progress without obvious symptoms, an examination of your gums and jaw bones is the only accurate way to determine if you have gum disease. This includes measuring the depth of the gum pockets and using x-rays to determine the bone level.

Periodontal disease is sometimes referred as a “silent disease” because you may not experience any symptoms. Without routine oral examinations, gum disease can go undetected until it has progressed so much you are at risk for developing severe problems.
Gum disease is associated with many health conditions. For example, heart attacks and strokes are more common when gum disease is present.  Also, it complicates blood sugar management for the diabetic because high blood sugar worsens gum disease.

Early detection and treatment of gum disease is important because routine evaluations by a dentist/hygienist can detect this disease in its earliest stage, minimizing damage and increasing success of conservative treatment. In severe cases it may be necessary to see a periodontist.

Brushing and flossing every day and routine oral examinations (every six months) by a dentist are very important behaviors to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. When it comes to oral care, there are so many products on the market to choose from, it may be difficult to know which is best for your condition. Your hygienist will create a customized oral health care routine for you.

Perio Therapy Available at Village Dental
At the initial Hygiene/Cleaning appointment, each patient receives a comprehensive evaluation as well as a superficial cleaning. We take measurements around the gums to determine whether the gums are healthy or diseased. When periodontal disease is present – we will prepare a customized treatment plan. Not all periodontal disease conditions are the same. Periodontal disease ranges from mild-moderate to severe. In some cases it may be necessary to use locally delivered antibiotics and/or systemic antibiotics.

Proper treatment of this serious condition may halt the disease progression. It is our goal to treat mild to moderate periodontal disease without surgery or to greatly limit the amount of surgery needed. The purpose of the therapy is to:

1. Involve you, because the success of the treatment depends on your commitment to home care efforts.

2. Stop the disease process and prevent further progression.

3. Keep the whole process as painless and comfortable as possible. We use a variety of anesthetic. All of our hygienists have received local anesthesia training and are certified by University of Florida.

4. Avoid or limit the future need of surgery.

Village Dental makes a commitment to provide superior service that will improve our patients’ oral health. After periodontal therapy is complete, it is essential to follow-up with an evaluation and maintenance. Without routine gum maintenance, the periodontal disease can regress with possible tooth loss.

Village Dental
352-205-7667 or 352-753-7507

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