Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is the inflammation of the gums, which affects the support system of the teeth. This condition is typically categorized by severity; gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Your experience will vary depending on your unique condition development and severity. Some of the signs of gum disease are:
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding with normal oral care
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Red gums
- Loose teeth
How is Gum Disease Treated?
Periodontal disease is typically treated with deep cleanings which remove plaque from the teeth completely. These periodontal cleanings are often needed regularly depending on far the condition has progressed. In some cases, medication is used to supplement these cleanings. Lastly, in extreme cases, sometimes surgery is needed to fully treat this disease. Your dentist will be able to work with you to find the best treatment options to fit all of your needs and will be able to help you with any follow-up care that is needed moving forward.
Keeping up with your regular oral health care is vital for preventing periodontal disease. This includes brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once daily, and keeping up with your dentist visits. Avoiding great oral care habits can result in the buildup of plaque on your teeth, which can eventually lead to gum disease. If left untreated, of course, this issue can progress into the later stages, which can be more expensive, and which has been linked to other serious health conditions.
If you have any questions about gum disease, or if you'd like to schedule a cleaning and exam to evaluate the health of your gums, contact our office today for more information. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!