What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is the main contributor to tooth loss. It is a gum disease that is caused by poor oral hygiene. Plague and tarter that is left untreated and allowed to build up in the mouth causes the gums to become irritated and infected. The teeth then become loose because of the diseased gums.
How Can I Prevent Periodontal Disease?
Good oral hygiene is the first step in preventing periodontal disease. Regular brushing, flossing and use of mouth wash can prevent many negative dental issues.
How Do I Know If I Have Periodontal Disease?
These systems may be evidence that you are suffering from periodontal disease. However, it takes a trained dental professional to determine if you have periodontal disease. It is very important that you maintain regular oral hygiene at home and visit the dentist regularly to prevent and/or detect periodontal disease. Please call our Olympia dentist office to set up an appointment so we can evaluate your gums and determine a treatment plan if periodontal disease is found.
- Bleeding gums when eating, brushing or flossing
- Loose teeth that shouldn’t be loose
- New spaces between teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus around teeth and gums
- Receding gums
- Red or puffy gums
- Tenderness or discomfort in the gums
Treatments for Periodontal Disease
The severity of the periodontal disease will determine the treatment needed. If it is found in the early stages, a deep professional cleaning or two can take care of it. But if the disease is advanced, a procedure called scaling and root planing may need to be performed. This involves a thorough cleaning of air pockets in the gums and smoothing rough spots on the root surface.
Avoiding Periodontal Disease Once You’ve Had It
Brushing and flossing regularly is the best preventive measure. Your dentist may suggest you come in more often for dental exams to help you keep the disease away.