Periodontics in Davie, FL

Protect Your Whole-Body Health

Your gum health is crucial for supporting the health of your smile. The gums keep your teeth firmly attached to your jaw, protect your sensitive tooth roots, and preserve your smile’s alignment. That’s why Dr. Eli Abbo specializes in periodontics, the practice of maintaining and improving your gum health to protect you from damage to your oral health. 

Learn more about periodontics in our dentist’s guide below.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gums caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth. Plaque is a white film of bacteria that are deposited onto your teeth by food, beverages, mucus, and smoke. Tartar is hardened plaque that has been left to build up over time. When plaque and tartar get between your gums and teeth, it forms pockets that harbor infections and disease.

The symptoms of gum disease can begin subtly, but as the disease progresses, they can become more severe. The symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Swollen, bleeding, & sore gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Tooth decay
  • Loose teeth that may eventually fall out
  • Widening gaps between teeth
  • Longer-appearing teeth
  • Changes in your bite alignment

These symptoms can be distressing and uncomfortable, making your everyday life more difficult. That’s why patients should contact our office as soon as they begin to notice any of the above signs. Thanks to our expert training and years of experience, we’ll find a solution that works to clear up the infection and repair any existing damage.

Our Periodontics Solutions

Professional Teeth Cleanings

Depending on the progression of an infection in your mouth, we may only need to provide a meticulous professional cleaning to clear your smile of symptoms. These cleanings involve using specialized dental tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup from hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. They’re the same cleanings you receive during your twice-yearly appointment, so they’re noninvasive and comfortable.

A man is smiling following his periodontics treatment.
A woman on the beach wearing a hat is smiling comfortably thanks to periodontics.

Scaling & Root Planing

Our dentists may also recommend scaling and root planing for cases of gum disease that have progressed. This process begins with our dentist removing tartar and bacteria from under the gums to stop infections. The root planing treatment involves smoothing the connective tissue below your tooth to protect them and eliminate spaces for bacteria to hide. 

Scaling and root planing treatments can help eliminate pain from exposed tooth roots and reduce the pockets in your gums that allow bacteria to flourish. This procedure can help you avoid more severe, costly oral health problems in the future.

How To Avoid Periodontal Disease

Daily at-home care is the best way to avoid periodontal disease and costly dental treatments. Our dentist recommends taking the following steps to ensure optimal oral health:

  • Brush your teeth and gums twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. 
  • Floss once a day, making sure to focus on the sides of your teeth. Avoid snapping the floss down onto your gums. 
  • Rinse your mouth with water or fluoride mouthwash after eating sugary or acidic foods.
  • Schedule your semi-annual dental checkups at Davie Advanced Dentistry.

Schedule Your Appointment With Dr. Eli Abbo

At Davie Advanced Dentistry, our dentist Dr. Eli Abbo specializes in periodontics to serve his Davie, FL community. Our staff has years of experience working with patients of all ages to find solutions to all your dental needs. Contact us by calling (954) 434-3331 today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.