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Periodontal Diseases and Periodontal Cleanings

Vero Implants & Periodontics treats various types of gum disease. Periodontal diseases are late stage forms of gingivitis, or gum disease, that have been left untreated. Advanced periodontitis can lead to huge problems in your mouth, such as tooth loss. When concerns surface, you need the right specialists that can treat the problem.

The goal of periodontal cleanings is to prevent periodontal diseases from getting worse. The disease, in general, is caused by bacteria that have infected the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. Here are some of the periodontal diseases that we treat at Vero Implants & Periodontics, a full-service periodontics office located in Vero Beach and Melbourne, Florida.

Types of Periodontal Diseases

There are six types of periodontal diseases that vary in severity and are caused by different factors. The following is a quick guide and reference to the different types.


The start of periodontal disease is gingivitis. This is the least severe form of the condition, but it can eventually lead into more advanced periodontitis. Some signs of gingivitis are swelling in the gums, bleeding after brushing, redness, or soreness in the mouth. It is reversible at this stage when properly diagnosed and treated by a periodontist. This involves caring for your mouth at home with optimal oral hygiene practices, and having periodontal cleanings or “deep cleanings” done by your friendly periodontist at Vero VIP. We can diagnose gingivitis at our office with the proper x-rays and an exam.


Periodontitis is when gingivitis progresses further along into full-fledged gum disease. It can affect your teeth, gums, and the roots below the gum line. Jawbone atrophy and tooth loss can occur, if it’s not treated in a timely manner. There are also other symptoms of periodontitis that can include infected gingival pockets that are sore, receding gums where the gum line is pulling away from the teeth, and chronic bad breath.

Aggressive Periodontitis

This kind of periodontitis is just the faster onslaught of the disease. The degradation of the tissue, ligaments that hold your teeth in place, and the materials of the tooth, decay at a rapid pace.

Chronic Periodontitis

Chronic periodontitis is a slower form of the disease that may take years to cause tissue decay and tooth loss. The gums are usually red and inflamed, with recession, but further damage doesn’t occur as quickly as with aggressive periodontitis.

Systemic Periodontitis

Some other disease conditions in the body can cause the onset of systemic periodontitis. Those are heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of respiratory diseases. With this kind of periodontitis, it’s not necessarily due to a lack of oral hygiene because it’s just the way the body responds to having some of these chronic illnesses.

Necrotizing Periodontal Disease

Another type of periodontitis that is developed after the body is suffering from certain conditions like malnutrition, HIV, or immunosuppression illnesses is necrotizing periodontal disease. The living tissue of the mouth is deteriorating along with symptoms brought on by these diseases when nutrition is lacking to keep the tissues, ligaments, and bones healthy.

How a Periodontal Cleaning Works

One of the main treatments for gingivitis and periodontitis is a periodontal cleaning performed by our experts in Vero Beach or Melbourne, FL at Vero VIP. This is a much deeper cleaning than the traditional ones you get twice a year from a regular dentist. Surgical cleaning works wonders for patients with periodontal infections to help stop the progression of the disease.

The entire goal is to restore a patient’s oral health. The success rate is very high in patients who have just been diagnosed with periodontal disease. As long as the patient keeps coming back for the same type of periodontal cleanings, they can prevent problems like tooth loss and further mouth decay.

Contact Our Experts at Vero Implants & Periodontics

If you suspect that your mouth issues could be periodontal disease, feel free to make an appointment for an exam and diagnosis with Vero Implants & Periodontics. We’re happy to make sure that the best treatment plan for preventing further problems with periodontitis is within your reach.