Miami and Coral Gables, Florida
Periodontics is the care of your gums. Whether you realize it or not, your gums play an integral part in the health and beauty of your smile. Gum disease can lead to tooth and jawbone loss. Some of the bacteria that prey on your gums can move from your mouth to your arteries, causing heart disease. Our Miami periodontists Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia prefer a conservative approach to periodontics by using non-surgical periodontal treatments whenever possible.
Dental Hygiene and Teeth Cleaning Protect Your Gums
Your first line of defense against gum disease is the proper care of your teeth and gums. That starts at home with good dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing remove plaque from your teeth. Once plaque calcifies into tartar, it can only be removed by professional teeth cleaning. Even with the best dental hygiene at home, most people develop some amount of tartar that needs to be removed by a professional dental cleaning at least twice per year.
Regular teeth cleanings not only help prevent gum disease, but they can also detect the warning signs of gum disease so that it is treated before a serious problem develops. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends everyone receive a professional dental cleaning twice per year or as recommended by your dentist. This is because some patients may require more frequent visits to maintain optimal levels of oral health.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling involves cleaning your teeth below the gum line. Root planning is the smoothing of your tooth roots. When bacteria get between your teeth and gums, they create pockets in your gums and tartar develops below the gum line. You cannot clean this out yourself. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Sanchez-Garcia use scaling and root planing to clean the area beneath the gum line in order to reduce your risk of gum disease.
Laser Gum Treatment
For severe cases of periodontal disease, laser gum treatments may be necessary to kill harmful bacteria and remove diseased gum tissue. Laser technology allows our Miami periodontists to perform advanced gum treatment without the need for surgery. The soft tissue laser kills the bacteria that cause gum disease. It vaporizes the damaged gum tissue and treats damaged teeth. The soft tissue laser targets the bacteria and damaged tissue without harming healthy tissue.
During laser gum treatment, the wound is sealed as it goes, eliminating any potential bleeding or the need for stitches. It also minimizes the trauma to your gums, resulting in reduced pain, swelling, and recovery time. You can learn more about laser gum treatment by clicking here.
Perils of Gum Disease
Choosing to ignore your oral health can lead to potentially severe health consequences including:
- Heart disease
- Low birth weight in babies
- Premature birth
- Cognitive decline
- And more!
While many doctors treat the mouth separately from the body, our mouths are a gateway to our overall health. Ignoring your oral health and not practicing good oral hygiene could cause irreversible damage to your health. However, prevention efforts of personal oral hygiene and receiving routine dental treatments can reduce your risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease. Furthermore, if you develop gum disease, it must be treated to stop its progression.