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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.

1. Gingivitis: Symptoms of gingivitis include red and swollen gums. Gingivitis is easily reversed by resuming regular dental visits and proper dental hygiene.

2. Periodontitis: If left untreated, gingivitis will become periodontitis. At this stage, the pockets between the teeth and gums become deeper and more swollen.

3. 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.

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