Helping patients maintain healthy gums is an important part of our preventive dental care program at Smile Viera in Viera, FL. Dr. Roppa and Dr. Marshall-Roppa screen for periodontal disease at every routine dental visit and offer personalized hygiene recommendations for those with chronic gum disease. They emphasize the important role that healthy gums play in helping to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
Gum disease affects nearly 3/4 of adults and remains the leading cause of tooth loss today. Late stage gum disease is preventable with routine dental care which enables Dr. Roppa and Dr. Marshall-Roppa to identify and address early signs of disease before permanent damage is done.
Stages of Gum Disease
During your routine screening, we look for the signs of gum disease, hoping to catch it early and offer conservative treatment options. We can also discuss preventive oral hygiene based on your personal lifestyle habits that may increase your risk of disease, such as smoking.
Gingivitis: early stage gum disease, gingivitis is typically easy to treat but may require additional at home care to prevent it from returning. Patients with recurring gingivitis may benefit from more frequent dental cleanings in our dentist office.
Periodontitis: advanced gum disease, periodontitis can cause permanent damage to gum tissue and weaken the teeth. This often requires intensive treatment to address damage and restore oral health.