The importance of diagnosing, treating, and preventing periodontal disease
- Posted on: Jan 30 2019
Boca Raton, FL area patients who are interested in achieving healthy smiles need to be well aware of the dangers of periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this condition can negatively impact the health of the smile in a permanent way.
What is periodontal disease?
Drs. Maxine and Amanda Sindledecker of Sindledecker Dentistry educate patients on the concerns of developing periodontal disease. With early detection, most patients can avoid the progression of the condition, which can result in the loss of natural teeth, bone, and gum tissue. The first stage is known as gingivitis and can be reversed. Signs of gingivitis include:
• Persistent bad breath
• Pockets forming between teeth and gums
• Bleeding while brushing and flossing
• Red, swollen gum tissues
When diagnosed, our team of professionals can provide a thorough cleaning that can keep the condition at bay. This may involve the application or prescription of antibiotics, as periodontal disease is an infection that occurs in the oral cavity. Once the condition is under control, then the dentists can help patients maintain their oral health. However, if gingivitis goes untreated, it can develop into a further problem such as periodontitis. At this point, the condition cannot be reversed or cured, but rather maintained. Patients may need to visit the dentist more often for scaling and root planning procedures and antibiotics. Once the condition is under control, the patient’s smile requires routine maintenance and more regular appointments at the dental office for cleanings and evaluations.
Diagnosis of periodontal disease in the early stages is important, as is overall prevention with proper oral health care habits.
Discuss the importance of caring for the smile with the team at Sindledecker Dentistry
If you live in or around the area of Boca Raton, FL and are interested in discussing the benefits of a healthy smile free from periodontal disease, we encourage you to book a consultation visit with our team of professionals and an initial evaluation for proper diagnosis. Drs. Maxine and Amanda Sindledecker are here to help you and your family in achieving and maintaining oral health and wellness. Call the office at (561) 368-2928 to make your appointment and discuss your needs with our team.