Periodontal Disease Treatment
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.