One of the most serious and preventable oral conditions is periodontal disease. For many people, it is a fact of life because regular attention to oral health is not a priority. The fact is, though, that when you treat and act to prevent gum disease, it is almost always possible to restore you oral health. The earlier you act to remedy the condition, the easier it is, and the less intervention you will need. If you want to work to prevent the onset of periodontal disease, you should start working with a periodontist. At our practice in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Dr. McCawley provides options to both patients working to keep their gums healthy and those looking to treat the effects of pronounced gum disease.
How Does This Condition Develop?
Gum disease develops when bacteria in the mouth multiplies and begins to irritate and then to attack the gum tissue. It starts out with mild inflammation and sensitivity, then progresses through a series of common symptoms until major tissue loss begins. Those symptoms include:
In some cases, pronounced gum disease can even lead to the deterioration of jawbone tissue.
Preventing Gum Diseases
The best methods of prevention are the simplest. Get on a brushing and flossing routine that includes antiseptic mouthwash and stay with it. Schedule regular cleanings at a periodontist to make sure special attention is paid to your gum health. Change your diet to discourage tooth decay and gum inflammation.
For patients whose symptoms indicate that periodontal disease has already set in, antibiotics and oral procedures can help reverse the effects. More information can be provided at a consultation with the periodontist, because individual treatment options depend on your current oral health. To make an appointment, contact us at McCawley Center for Laser Periodontics and Impants during regular business hours.