November 21, 2016

In the fight to keep your mouth happy, you need more than just a dentist on your side. A periodontist is a dental professional that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, along with aiding in preventing it. Periodontists will complete three additional years of training after dental school to specialize in the bone, gum and connective tissues that support and surround your teeth. If you deal with a serious case of gum disease, seeing a periodontist may be vital to your oral health.

Periodontal disease is a broad term used to describe a group of diseases that cause the gum and connecting tissues to disconnect from the bone and the tooth. This is most often caused by the lack of daily oral hygiene and a bacterial biofilm that may collect on the teeth without adequate care. Studies show that almost 50 percent of adults in the United States suffer from destructive periodontal disease.

Should I See a Periodontist?

While most general dentists are qualified to handle minor cases of gingivitis or gum disease, a periodontist is better able to handle those with moderate or severe levels of the disease. Patients with more complex cases may require attention by both professionals to successfully treat the mouth.

Gum disease can start small and end with devastating results. You should schedule an appointment with a periodontist like Dr. Akin if you relate to the following symptoms or categories:

  • Bleeding, red or swollen gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Receding gums or pockets between gums and teeth
  • Shifting or loose teeth
  • Changes in the bite pattern
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to temperature
  • Genetic history of gum disease
  • Used to smoke or currently smoke
  • Diabetic

Protect Your Mouth Now

If you’ve never had an evaluation by a periodontist, now is the time to start. Call our office today to schedule an appointment and stop aggressive gum disease before it starts.



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