Periodontics in Naples
Treatment for Gum Disease
Your gums, which provide essential support to your teeth, require a great
deal of care. Periodontology is a branch of dentistry that is dedicated
to protecting the gums and treating
gum disease. If your gums are in poor shape, or if you're afraid they might be
heading in that direction, consider seeking periodontal treatment from
Dr. Bradley Piotrowski, DDS. Dr. Piotrowski has been providing periodontal
treatment in Naples since 2001, and will gladly ensure that your gums
are as healthy as they can be.
How to Care for Your Gums
Of course, the best policy is to avoid the development of gum issues in
the first place. As long as you observe the following guidelines, you
should be able to keep your gums healthy and strong.
Brush Twice a Day: Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, you must make a habit of brushing once
in the morning and once in the evening. Brushing is essential for eliminating
the plaque that accumulates on your teeth.
Floss Once a Day: Unfortunately, your toothbrush cannot reach all the plaque between your
teeth. Regular flossing can help ensure that plaque doesn't cause
inflammation of the gums.
Visit the Dentist: There are some areas of your teeth that cannot be sufficiently cleaned
via brushing or flossing. Visiting a dentist twice a year is essential
for maintaining a clean mouth.
The Stages of Gum Disease
If you smoke, consume lots of sugar, and neglect your oral hygiene, there's
a good chance that you'll develop gum disease. Here are the stages
of perodontal disease as recognized by periodontists.
Gingivitis: Symptoms of gingivitis include red and swollen gums. Gingivitis is easily
reversed by resuming regular dental visits and proper dental hygiene.
Periodontitis: If left untreated, gingivitis will become periodontitis. At this stage,
the pockets between the teeth and gums become deeper and more swollen.
Advanced Periodontitis: Advanced periodontitis can lead to severe infections and even tooth loss.
This type of infection has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and other
potentially deadly conditions.
Gum Disease Treatment
A routine dental checkup may be enough to reverse minor cases of gingivitis.
If your gingivitis persists, it's important to have a periodontist
examine your teeth and provide recommendations. Dr. Bradley Piotrowski,
DDS can provide many surgical and non-surgical treatments for periodontal
problems. If you're afraid of visiting the dentist, ask Dr. Piotrowski
about his sedation dentistry techniques. Call (239) 263- 6003 to
set up an appointment at our Naples office.