Periodontal disease is chronic inflammatory disease that affects your oral health by attacking the gum tissue and bone around the teeth. When it’s left untreated, tooth decay and loss are almost certain. However, gum disease is treatable and preventable. You don’t have to lose teeth when you work with your dentist to maintain your oral health.
Signs of Gum Disease
In the early stages of gum disease, you may not experience any pain. However, there are other symptoms you should watch for:
Bleeding, swollen or tender gums
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease occurs when bacteria isn’t removed from your mouth. Daily brushing and flossing along with biannual cleanings and checkups at your dentist’s office are the best ways to keep your teeth disease free. The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is usually reversible when you take care of your teeth and gums.
If gingivitis has progressed into a more advanced condition, called periodontitis, your dentist has treatment options that can keep it from progressing to tooth loss. The first type of treatment is generally scaling and root planing, a nonsurgical deep-cleaning of your teeth. Plaque and tartar from your teeth and root surfaces are removed. Typically, you will be given a local anesthetic during the procedure. You will need to take care of your teeth to maintain your oral health and prevent reinfection.
If your case of periodontitis has progressed even farther, your dentist may recommend procedures that help the gums attach to the teeth more effectively or that regenerate the gum tissue or bone that might have been damaged. You can have a beautiful smile that gives you confidence and good oral health for overall well-being when you take care of your teeth.
Get a periodontal consultation today when you schedule your appointment with Dr. Moghaddam, a dentist at Comfort Dental in East Weymouth, MA. You have treatment options to restore your smile to regain confidence and good oral health.