You’ve been taking good care of your teeth, but still you’ve developed inflammation or infection centered around the gum line. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence. An estimated fifty percent of adults experience some degree of gum disease. That’s why your dentist has referred to our periodontist at Russo Periodontics. Our practice specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum, or periodontal, disease. We have years of additional education and training beyond dental school, and that’s why you’re here!
First, let’s explore the causes and consequences of gum disease. When plaque — that bacteria-laden film on the teeth — is allowed to accumulate, it hardens into tartar, which in turn leads to gum disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can result in the loss of teeth and their underlying bone.
But there’s no need to panic, because we have the treatments that will effectively and comfortably eliminate these pesky poachers lurking beneath the gum line. We will carefully explain our process beforehand and address any questions or concerns you may have. Our non-surgical treatment begins with a deep cleaning in the spaces (or “pockets”) between the teeth, which we call “scaling.” The all-important next step is to smooth out the roots of the teeth, which effectively reduces the hiding places for plaque and toxins to build up in the future. This is a procedure we call root planing.
Of course, we’ll be taking all the necessary steps to administer our treatments as comfortably as possible through the use of a topical anesthetic if indicated, and recommend steps for dealing with any lingering soreness afterward.
Gum disease is common and can have serious and long-lasting consequences if not addressed in its early stages. That’s why promptly arranging a visit to the periodontic specialist at Russo Periodontics is a critical part of achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment.
By Russo Periodontics
November 28, 2022
Unfortunately, gum disease is endemic in our society, especially among adults. About half of those 30 years of age and older exhibit signs of periodontal disease, and almost 10 percent suffer from severe forms of the condition, according to the CDC. It’s the most common reason for tooth loss among adults.
Our periodontist at Russo Periodontics educates our patients about the risk factors for gum disease, and offers some tips for lowering the chances of having it. Periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, with years of training in procedures that restore the look, feel, and function of the gums.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen or bleeding gums, changes in your bite, or loose teeth. Besides age, among the risk factors are poor nutrition or obesity; some medications including antidepressants, oral contraceptives, and some heart medicines; stress that lowers the body’s ability to fight infections; tobacco use; grinding or clenching your teeth; and a genetic predisposition for this condition.
Want to lower your risk for developing a gum-related infection? It’s simple, but you’ve got to be consistent. Brush and floss your teeth (and in between them!) after meals to remove bacteria and food particles, and don’t forget to clean your tongue — a sneaky hiding place for bacteria. Follow that with a swish of mouthwash; there are plenty of “natural” and alcohol-free mouthwashes for those so inclined. And, see our periodontist for an annual evaluation. We are uniquely trained to spot the factors that can lead to gum disease.
Periodontal disease can hide below the gum line, making it painful and expensive to treat if it’s not diagnosed in the early stages. A comprehensive evaluation by our periodontist at Russo Periodontics will ensure this critical area of your oral health is optimally cared for. Please don’t hesitate to call our office today to schedule an examination and consultation.
By Russo Periodontics
October 25, 2022
Dr. Russo is the Past President of the Southern Academy of Periodontology.
John Russo's Practice has been recognized as a top Sarasota Dentistry practice in 2021.
Congratulations to the entire team!
Dr. Russo is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology and on the Board of Trustees