Periodontal Disease Treatment

 
 
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What is periodontal (gum) disease?

  • Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place.
  • Typically, periodontal disease occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth and hardens, often due to poor brushing habits.
    • The gums can become swollen and red in the early stage of the disease, called gingivitis.
  • As the disease advances, periodontal disease can lead to sore and bleeding gums, pain while chewing, as well as tooth loss.

 

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

  • The following are signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and you should contact your dentist if you experience any of these:
    • Gums that bleed while brushing
    • Red, swollen or tender gums
    • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
    • Bad breath that doesn't go away
    • Pus between your teeth and gums
    • Loose teeth
    • Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
    • Change in the fit of partial dentures

 

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

  • Periodontal disease can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene.
    • This includes brushing, flossing, and visiting you dentist regularly.
    • Also make sure to eat a healthy diet to get the required vitamins and minerals necessary for your teeth.