At Bayshore Dental Center, we take your gum health seriously. Trust Dr. O. Sheehy for a qualified dentist who provides excellent periodontal treatments in the comfort of our office in Seffner. Our practice offers complete family dental care, which ensures every member of your family can be seen in the same convenient location. While we offer attractive solutions in cosmetic dentistry, we never overlook the importance of addressing your oral health needs first. For patients who need specialized care for their gums, we are equipped to help you with the most advanced methods available.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
The symptoms of gum disease should never be ignored. Not only is your dental health at risk, but your overall health can also be compromised as gum disease progresses. Advanced gum disease can lead to tooth loss and is also linked to stroke, heart disease, diabetes and premature births. Gum disease essentially weakens your entire immune system. ??At Bayshore Dental Center, we closely monitor your gum health during routine dental exams. We do our best to educate patients on the following signs of gum disease so that it can be treated at the earliest stage:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums
When oral hygiene efforts slack, the gums become especially susceptible to problems. Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support your teeth. It starts when plaque hardens into tartar below the gum line. This creates an open invitation for infection to set in within these soft tissues. Food particles lodged between teeth and bacteria emitted by plaque can make the infection spread quickly. Gum disease may be difficult to detect at its earliest stages (gingivitis), but it can cause the gums to loosen and recede from teeth if it advances.
At Bayshore Dental Center, we always discuss proper brushing and flossing habits with our patients to prevent gum disease. If you need periodontal therapy, we use scaling and root planing as our first line of defense. During this deep cleaning procedure, an ultrasonic cleaning device is used to effectively and comfortably remove plaque and tartar under the gum line, on the tooth, and around the root. Finally, the rough surface of the tooth and the root are smoothed out (or planed). This provides a healthy, clean surface that helps the gum tissues reattach to the tooth. Dr. Sheehy is proud to offer the most sophisticated periodontal treatments available so that our patients can avoid serious gum disease problems without surgery.
If you are suffering from gum disease symptoms or have concerns about your gum health, trust the professionals at Bayshore Dental Center. We provide state-of-the-art dental care in caring and comfortable environment. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for you or a member of your family.