If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right.Switch to Accessible Site

Blake Dental Arts | Periodontal Care in Bradenton

Blake Dental Arts


(941) 792-0260

George H. Burgess, D.D.S., P.A.

Periodontal Care

Periodontal Care Can Maintain Your Oral and General Health

Smiling blond woman wearing turquoise blue shirtHealthy gums set the stage for a beautifully framed smile and protect your overall health as well. The link between our oral health and systemic health has been well established, and taking care of your gums is a simple way to guard against developing heart disease and other serious conditions. Dr. George H. Burgess provides periodontal care to our patients in the Bradenton, FL, area. These treatments can clear up any signs of gum disease and protect your health in the future. Alongside brushing and flossing, attending regular professional cleanings at our office is the best way to ensure your periodontal health. Whether you are concerned with symptoms of gum disease or just need to schedule a cleaning and checkup, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Burgess.

Understanding the Effects of Gum Disease

In the early stages of gum disease, you may notice that your gums appear to be red, swollen, or puffy, and they may begin to bleed easily when brushing and flossing. This stage of the condition is called gingivitis, and while it can be serious, it can be treated and reversed with professional periodontal care and a consistent at-home oral hygiene routine.

When gum disease is left untreated and allowed to proliferate, it can develop into a more serious condition called periodontitis. This stage of gum disease involves an increase in the size of the pockets between the teeth and gums, breakdown of the soft and connective tissues in the mouth, and eventually, bone loss.

The main cause of gum disease is bacteria and plaque that is allowed to build up on the teeth and gums. Several factors have been shown to negatively affect your oral health and contribute to periodontal disease:

  • Genetics
  • Tobacco use
  • Certain medications
  • Hormonal changes with pregnancy
  • Teeth grinding
  • Poor nutrition habits
  • Diabetes

No matter how advanced your case may be, Dr. Burgess can find an effective treatment solution.


Treatment Options

In addition to the preventive care offered at our office, Dr. Burgess also provides treatment for all stages of gum disease. In its earliest stage, gingivitis, the disease can often be treated using prescription mouthwashes that are designed to control the formation of bacteria.

We can also perform a scaling and root planing procedure. Also known as a deep cleaning, this technique treats and smooths the roots of the teeth beneath the gum line. Following this treatment, our hygienists can deliver antibiotics deep within the gum tissue to help fight off any remaining bacteria.

If these measures fail to bring your gum disease under control, more advanced treatment may become necessary. There are various forms of gum surgery that are designed to treat specific cases of the disease, and Dr. Burgess will help you determine which type will be the most beneficial for you.


Make a Periodontal Care Appointment

If you are concerned about the health of your gums and would like an experienced professional to perform a cleaning or treatment, reach out to us. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Burgess.

Bradenton Dentist | Periodontal Care. George Burgess is a Bradenton Dentist.