Periodontal Disease / Gum Disease
Often preceded by gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), periodontitis is an inflammatory condition of the tissues supporting the teeth. Treatment options change depending on the severity of the condition. They range from more frequent cleanings or an in office deep cleaning to a referral to a gum specialist called a periodontist.
Beyond the obvious discomfort and pain, periodontitis has links to other areas of the body outside of the mouth. Diabetes, heart, and respiratory disease all have been linked to gum disease in medical studies.
- Poor dental hygiene
- Tobacco use
- Genetic predisposition
- Chronic stress
- Poor Diet
- Underlying medical condition
Signs and Symptoms
- Pain in the gums accompanied by redness and swelling
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away after brushing
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
I need a deep cleaning, what can I expect?
- A deep cleaning is recommended when there is debris on the root surface, below the gum line.
- Local anesthesia may be necessary to make the process more comfortable.
- Deep cleanings take more time than a normal cleaning. Usually deep cleanings are broken up into two appointments for each side of the mouth.
How can I prevent Periodontal Disease?
- Go to your regular dental check ups
- Make sure you brush twice a day for two minutes and floss regularly
- Listen to your dentist about your oral healthy and how to improve.
- You are your number one advocate to preventing periodontal disease.