Understanding Periodontal Disease and the Therapy Needed to Manage It
- Posted on: Dec 30 2018
Gum disease. We hear about it routinely from our dental staff, but what exactly is it?
Gum disease is an infection that impacts the smile’s health and wellness. It is sometimes referred to as periodontal disease and can affect the bone, gum tissues, and even the natural teeth. It can be devastating to the smile when it develops if it is not treated by a professional as soon as it is diagnosed. Early diagnosis is also important to ensure that the condition is handled as soon as possible for the best results.
The infection begins due to poor oral health habits. It starts out as an infection of the gum tissues. Patients may notice problems such as persistent halitosis (bad breath), red or swollen gums, or bleeding when brushing or flossing. This is an indication that the infection has begun. When patients get a diagnosis of periodontal disease at this early point, they will benefit from a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums by a dental professional. Sometimes antibiotics will be used to address the infection and get it under control before it causes more problems.
Without treatment, periodontal disease will continue to affect the smile. Bone will shrink, gum tissues will recede, and patients will notice loose or missing teeth as the condition increases in severity. It is important that patients take charge early enough to avoid this damage, as it is irreversible. Periodontal disease cannot be cured, only controlled, so periodontal disease therapy is a lifelong treatment.
How can I avoid periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is completely avoidable. When patients maintain their oral health and wellness with regular brushing, flossing, and visits tot eh dentist, they can greatly reduce their chances of even developing periodontal disease. Once it has developed, it is essential that patients visit their dentists routinely for examinations and to monitor the condition on an ongoing basis.
Learn about periodontal disease therapy today!
The team of Sindledecker Dentistry welcomes patients in the community of Boca Raton, FL to ask about the diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance of periodontal disease with Drs. Maxine and Amanda Sindledecker. Contact us at (561) 368-2928 and visit 162 West Palmetto Park Road for your appointment.