Periodontitis is the result of advanced and untreated gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue due to plaque buildup. The inflammation creates a pocket in which plaque collects and eventually deteriorates the surrounding gum tissue. This leads to infection, tooth loss, and bone loss. The following is an overview of this disease and how you can prevent or treat it.
There are a number of symptoms of periodontal disease, but unfortunately, very few of them are exclusive. Bad breath is usually present, as it is with gingivitis. Bright red or purple and tender gums or gums that bleed easily will be present as well, but more severely than with simple gingivitis. The most serious symptom, however, is loose teeth. If you have loose teeth, then it is important to visit your general dentist immediately.
As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This old adage rings very true when it comes to periodontal disease. Deterioration of the gums can be prevented quite easily and painlessly. Simply keep up with a complete oral hygiene routine. Brush at least twice and floss once per day. Also, be sure to visit your dentist for routine cleanings, as these appointments eliminate the most stubborn of bacteria.
If your periodontal disease is already too advanced for prevention, then you’ll want to seek treatment as soon as possible. Treatment generally involves scaling of the teeth, which removes buildup, removal of pockets of plaque buildup, and thorough cleanings. Patients who have periodontal disease are generally instructed to have their teeth cleaned more than twice yearly in order to prevent the spread of the disease to other teeth.
If you believe you might have periodontitis or any are experiencing any of its general symptoms, then don’t hesitate to call The Smile Design Center of Lutherville, Maryland at (443) 275-9821.
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