Periodontal Health

Dentists Serving Patients in Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton & Nearby Areas of Florida

A startling truth faced daily by our general and cosmetic dentists at The Smile Centre in Venice and Sarasota, Florida, is that gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a prevalent and increasing problem among Americans.

If you're experiencing the early signs of gum disease such as mild bleeding along the gum line, or living with the very serious and far-reaching effects of advanced gum disease, or periodotitis, please contact The Smile Center in Venice or Sarasota today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced, compassionate dentists.

Dial (941) 351-4468  in Sarasota or (941) 497-5451 in Venice to schedule your next dentist office visit, or you can message our offices through this website. 

The Dangers of Unchecked Infection

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most Americans will struggle to combat gingivitis or periodontitis at some point in their lives. Consider these CDC statistics:

  • By age 30, more than 47 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease.
  • By age 65, that figure jumps to more than 70 percent.
  • The condition is more common among American men than American women.
  • Certain lifestyle factors can exacerbate the likelihood of serious peridontitis. These include smoking, living below the poverty line, and having less than a high school education.

While there are some common signs and symptoms associated with gum disease, sometimes everything can look and seem relatively fine in your mouth. But just beneath the gums, plaque is accumulating into tiny “barnacles” that trap bacteria, begin to infect your gums and jaw bone, and cause bad breath. 

The most common signs of gum disease include:

  • Bad breath
  • A standing bad taste in your mouth
  • Swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Heightened tooth sensitivity
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth

Not only can gum disease create a problem inside your mouth, it also can contribute to larger systemic health problems such as diabetes.

If you haven’t had X-rays within the last year, or you’ve never had your periodontal pockets measured by a dentist or hygienists, you may have gum disease problems of which you are unaware.

Periodontal probes measure the depth of looseness, or lack of attachment, of gum tissue and bone around the roots of your teeth.

A prophylaxis hygiene visit with your general dentist is like a “well care” visit to your family physician.  It is designed to maintain good health by taking preventive measures rather than when you go to the doctor knowing you’re sick in an effort to get medicine or have procedures done to remove infection so that the body can repair and heal as much as possible to normal.

A healthy mouth indicates excellent oral home care — brushing, flossing and flushing the gums with pressurized water, like with a WaterPik® or ShowerBreeze®, which helps to flush out bacteria below the gum line while also helping to stimulate the gum tissue to keratinize thus making it tougher and more resilient to infection. 

So if you’re at your Smile Centre hygiene visit and hear your hygienist dictating your periodontal probing measurements into our voice-activated periodontal charting, pay attention to see if the numbers are 1-3mm with no gum recession, bleeding or mobility noted.  Those are some of the conditions your gums need to objectively meet to stay on preventive care “cleanings.”  Prophylaxis hygiene visits are recommended no less than once every 6 months.

We Can Help

If you're experiencing the early signs of gum disease such as mild bleeding along the gum line, or living with the very serious and far-reaching effects of advanced gum disease, or periodotitis, please contact The Smile Center in Venice or Sarasota today: dial (941) 351-4468  in Sarasota or (941) 497-5451 in Venice to schedule your next dentist office visit, or you can message our offices through this website.