WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Periodontal disease is the main contributor to tooth loss. Also known as gum disease, it is caused by bacterial and plaque growth. Plaque and tarter buildup, left untreated, cause the gums to become irritated and infected. The teeth can 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 mouthwash can prevent many negative dental issues. We also recommend visiting our dentist at Impressions Dentistry regularly for dental exams and cleanings.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
- Bleeding gums when eating, brushing or flossing
- Loose teeth that should not 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
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 dentist office to set up an appointment so we can evaluate your gums and determine your treatment plan for periodontal disease in Olympia, Washington.
TREATMENTS FOR PERIODONTAL DISEASE
The severity of the periodontal disease determines the treatment. If the disease is in the early stages, a deep professional cleaning can take care of it. But if the disease is advanced, a procedure called scaling and root planing may need to be performed by our dentist. This involves a thorough cleaning of 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. Dr. Suneet S. Bath may suggest that you come in more often for dental exams to help keep the disease away. Schedule a periodontal exam with us today at 360-493-1866.