Dental health is too often overlooked by many people. Brushing and flossing daily are essential to preventing tooth decay and periodontal disease but it can only do so much. Regular dental visits can help identify the presence of any dental concerns and biannual dental cleanings can get rid of stubborn plaque buildup that leads to such concerns and conditions. But gum disease can still strike and affects up to 75% of adults today. Here at our Homestead dental office, Dr. Robert Cuckler, DDS can help.
Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease. It has been shown to be the cause 70% of tooth loss in adults. This particular condition involves the loss of bone that supports the roots of your teeth. This loss is often caused by bad bacteria, or plaque, that builds up around the gumline. This buildup at the gumline can cause pockets to form in the gum tissue. When these pockets become deep enough they can begin to severely damage the bone there. The bacteria in plaque eat away at the tooth enamel due to an acidic reaction that occurs when it comes into contact with sugary or starchy foods. If you have gum disease or believe you show signs of this condition, then feel free to set up an appointment with Dr. Robert Cuckler, DDS here at our Homestead dental office today. First, Dr. Cuckler will perform a preliminary exam where he will thoroughly examine your mouth and assess your specific needs. You may exhibit signs of an earlier stage of periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis, which is treated with one or two regular cleanings before you should be back to normal. If your condition is more advanced, then scaling or root planing may be prescribed instead. Those who have even more severe cases of periodontal disease may need to have their pockets reduced in order to lessen the decay of the teeth and surrounding structures.
Brushing, flossing, and eating well are great ways to stave off gum disease, but regular cleanings help immensely as well. Robert Cuckler, DDS can help remove some of the more stubborn plaque and remove any buildup from more hard to reach places. Biannual cleanings at our Homestead dental office can significantly reduce your chances of developing any conditions and can help you make sure that your smile stays healthy.