February 12, 2021


Dear Valued Patients,


Serving you for 26 years has transformed me and my profession as a dentist. For this, I feel honored to serve each of you in managing your dental health. It is time for me to pass the baton. I am privileged to pass the dental practice that I hold in my heart, Aesthetic and General Dentistry, to Dr. Peter Kelly, a qualified and knowledgeable dentist with a myriad of talents and experience.


I will still be here to offer my services in the next few months, to assist Dr. Kelly and his partners in this transition. I am also happy to inform you that our entire outstanding dental team will remain with Dr. Kelly. I have confidence that Dr. Kelly will continue the practice’s mission of providing excellent dental care.


Thank you so much for all the experience in becoming a better dentist to you. My personal journey is taking me along another pathway. I will remember you, the relationship, and the memories.


With best wishes and deep gratitude,


Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD

Scaling and Root Planing for a Deeper Clean

If you are suffering from mild to moderate gum disease, scaling and root planing can eliminate tartar and calculus from below your gum line. Dr. Alfredo Gapuz has over three decades of experience treating gum disease in Orlando, FL. He can easily recognize the symptoms of periodontitis and address it as early as possible to prevent tooth loss and other damage. Early treatment can also prevent related health conditions, such as an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. When you visit Aesthetic and General Dentistry, you will benefit from our team’s gentle methods and techniques.

Deep Cleaning to Prevent Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common and chronic condition that develops due to the buildup of excess bacteria. Starting on your teeth, the microbes will eventually become trapped in your gums, creating pockets around your dental roots. As the bacteria flourish, you may experience a number of symptoms:

  • Inflammation
  • Gum sensitivity
  • Redness
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth sensitivity, especially in reaction to temperature changes

If you are experiencing any painful or uncomfortable symptoms, Dr. Gapuz may recommend scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. However, he will first carry out a thorough evaluation to determine the extent of the damage and recommend the most appropriate treatment. 

A patient's mouth during a scaling and root planing procedure
Early treatment can also prevent related health conditions, such as an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.​

The Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Before performing a deep cleaning, Dr. Gapuz will administer a local anesthetic to numb your gums and ensure your comfort during the cleaning. Throughout the procedure, Dr. Gapuz or one of our hygienists will remove tartar and built-up plaque from the pockets along the gum line. Once all bacteria has been removed, your dental professional will smooth the tooth roots (planing) to prevent plaque from adhering to them in the future.

The Importance of Scaling and Root Planing

When you or your dentist identify the signs of periodontitis, it is important to schedule treatment as soon as possible. Bacteria can spread remarkably quickly, causing severe damage in a relatively small amount of time. Without prompt care, you may develop pronounced discomfort and the pockets around your tooth roots can expand. As the gums begin to pull away, you may experience tooth loss.

If you are experiencing any painful or uncomfortable symptoms, Dr. Gapuz may recommend scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning.

Additionally, bacteria can enter your blood stream and cause severe health problems. For example, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications. Fortunately, a deep cleaning can control gum disease before your smile is irreparably damaged or you experience life-threatening health complications.

At the same time, gum disease is a chronic, incurable condition. Though scaling and planing can remove bacteria, ongoing care is vital to maintaining your dental health. Accordingly, it is important to brush and floss daily, eat a healthy diet low in refined carbohydrates, and make regular visits to your dentist.

Schedule Your Treatment Today

If you are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, do not delay the important treatment you need. Contact Aesthetic and General Dentistry online today or call (407) 251-5100 to make an appointment.

Dr. Gapuz

Aesthetic and General Dentistry

Dr. Alfredo Gapuz was recently recognized in local publications as an Orlando Dentist of the Year and as a 2019 Top Dentist. He holds several other distinctions, such as:

  • Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Fellow of the Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics

To schedule your consultation at our Orlando office, contact us online or call us at (407) 251-5100.

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