Dr. Alexander provides periodontal therapy in Jacksonville FL. Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals mostly with the treatment and prevention of gum disease. Periodontal disease attacks the supporting structures of your teeth. Dr. Alexander will evaluate your tooth structure and put a plan in place to remove infected tissue, and deep-clean your gums.
Gum disease is a serious problem that affects an estimated 75% of the adult population. The key to healthy gums is having an established oral health routine. This includes daily brushing and flossing combined with regular, professional dental cleanings and examinations.
The number one cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Once a tooth is lost to gum disease, the options for replacing the tooth can be expensive and may require multiple procedures. We strive to treat each patient with the most conservative treatment plan. We will identify any issues early, and address them promptly to prevent future damage and oral health problems.
If there is significant disease or damage to your teeth, Dr. Alexander may recommend a tooth extraction. Although this is a last resort. We strive to keep your natural teeth as healthy as possible. Most extractions can take place in our office under the aid of nitrous oxide. For severe cases that can not be handled in our office, Dr. Alexander may recommend a certified local periodontist or oral surgeon.
Causes & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Poor oral hygiene is just one cause of gum disease. Sometimes, it’s caused by factors that are not even under your control. Other causes may include:
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Genetic factors
- Pregnancy and hormonal changes in women
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Poor nutrition, obesity or disease such as diabetes
Gum disease is known as a “silent disease” because most patients don’t experience pain or obvious symptoms until the condition has progressed. Thus, you may have some form of gum disease and not even know it! Visit Alexander Dentistry for a periodontal checkup. Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding when brushing, flossing or eating
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pus between gums and teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Changes in the occlusion (bite) including changes in the fit of dentures
While tooth loss is a major concern in regards to gum disease, it can also contribute to a number of other serious health concerns including: heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy related problems, and more.
Schedule a Worry-free Consultation
The best way to fight gum disease is through prevention. Establishing a regular oral health routine that includes professional dental care will ensure your smile will be happy and healthy. To prevent gum disease, contact your dentist in Jacksonville FL, Dr. Alexander! Schedule your consultation online, or give us a call at 904.372.8157 today.