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Why early diagnosis of periodontal disease is vital

Periodontal disease, often referred to by patients as gum disease, is a condition that is completely preventable with proper oral health care. This condition can cause permanent damage to the smile, which is why it is so important that it is caught in the earliest stages. The team of Gonzalez Dental Care of Pembroke Pines, Florida encourages patients to book an appointment if they suspect the development of periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection that develops in the oral cavity. Bacteria grows along the gum line and can cause the shrinking of the gum tissue. This results in pockets that appear between the teeth and gums, allowing bacteria to produce rapidly and cause an infection. The infection can spread, causing the loss of gum tissue, jawbone, and even natural teeth if left untreated.

Why is early diagnosis important?

Routine dental visits and examinations allow our dental team to evaluate a patient’s smile to ensure that they are not dealing with periodontal disease. If it is caught in the earlier stages, such as gingivitis, it can be reversed. However, once it has progressed, the condition cannot be cured and must be maintained for the rest of a patient’s life! This is why it is important for patients to maintain their routine visits and call their dentist if any changes occur to their smiles.

What is done for periodontal disease?

The earliest stage, gingivitis, is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. At this point, seeking assistance with a dental team is strongly encouraged as a routine prophylaxis and the administration of antibiotics can bring the smile back to health. The later stages require more invasive procedures such as scaling and root planing, and may require patients to visit their dentist every three to four months for cleanings until their condition is under control and properly managed by Dr. Gonzalez.

Are you concerned about periodontal disease?

It is essential that patients who suspect periodontal disease speak with a dental professional about their needs. The team at Gonzalez Dental Care can assist. Call (954) 406-5342 to request a consultation visit with our team, conveniently located at 9818 Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines, FL.