If you have gum disease or think you do, in any stage, you should not hesitate to see your periodontist for a "gum check up" and immediately begin, if necessary, the most appropriate form of periodontal treatment.
We've all heard it a hundred times: you need to brush and floss regularly, ideally twice daily, to maintain optimal dental hygiene for life. But in spite of the general knowledge of the importance of flossing, only around 40% of US adults actually floss even once a day on average.
Oral cancer is a real danger, with thousands of Americans losing the battle against it with every passing year; and yet, at the same time, it is one of the cancers most able to be successfully treated IF it is caught early enough. That's why annual oral cancer screening, offered at many periodontal offices in Florida, is such a huge concern.
Beginning in the mid-1990's, the use of lasers in various dental treatments began to become common; and today, they are used for in a wide variety of procedures - most notably in laser periodontal treatment.
Caring for your teeth and gums ideally involves only preventive measures like a good oral hygiene regimen at home and regular visits to your periodontist for a check up. But when gingivitis or periodontitis develop, you will need to counteract it with some form of periodontal treatment.