PROTECT YOURSELF FROM GUM DISEASE
Periodontal disease is the technical term for gum disease, and an infection that progressively affects the tissues and bones surrounding your teeth. It ultimately causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and leave gaps that can become infected. As bacterial toxins are released from the infection, the body responds to the infection by breaking down the bone structure and connective tissue that keep our teeth in their proper place. Eventually the affected teeth will become loose. They will either fall out or have to be removed. Periodontal disease has also been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, and pregnancy complications.
How do you know if you have gum disease?
This can be challenging to discern without a trip to the dental office. Periodontal disease does not always display clear symptoms. This is part of what makes regular checkups, cleanings, and x-rays so important.
What are the warning signs of periodontal disease?
- Bleeding gums after regular brushing and flossing
- Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
- Gums that have receded (pulled away from your teeth)
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus exuding between the teeth and gums
- Teeth that have become loose
- A change in your bite or denture fit
How can you prevent periodontal disease?
1Consistent, daily oral hygiene will greatly reduce your risk
2Brush and floss at least twice each day
3Good nutrition will help your teeth and gums
4Consistent, regular dental check-ups
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offering various treatments
Different options are available and will be chosen based upon the severity of your condition.
SRP is also known as Deep Cleaning or Periodontal Cleaning. Our professionally-trained hygienists at Genuine Family Dentistry will perform a deep cleaning treatment that removes plaque and tartar that is hiding in each periodontal pocket. This procedure will include planing, or smoothing, the surface of the tooth’s root and removing any calcified bacteria. This will allow the gum tissue to heal and become healthy again. The gum will reattach itself to the tooth. While the planing procedure may take more than one visit, eventually you will be able to maintain your healthy gums at home.
In some cases, Dr. Paul Athanasius may prescribe certain medications to be used in non-surgical periodontal treatment. This medication would help control the bacterial infection and allow the gum tissue to heal. The medications can include antibiotics, a mouth rinse, or a substance that is placed into any periodontal pockets after a scaling and root planing treatment.
This treatment allows your dentist to deal with hard-to-reach areas. Sometimes periodontal disease will not respond satisfactorily to non-surgical treatment. In these cases, Dr. Paul Athanasius may suggest removing the built up plaque and tartar through periodontal surgery. After this treatment, the affected gums will be stitched into place to provide a snug fit around the tooth. A bone graft may be necessary if excessive bone structure has been destroyed by the periodontal disease.
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