Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common oral condition that is treatable. However, it is not to be underestimated as it can affect the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. In this blog, we’re exploring the causes and symptoms of periodontal disease and ways to treat it.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a progressive condition that affects the tissues surrounding the teeth. It typically begins with bacterial plaque buildup on the teeth, which, if not removed through regular brushing and flossing, can lead to inflammation and infection. This buildup can be caused by:
- Poor oral hygiene care
- Consistent tobacco use
- pre-susceptible conditions
- Hormonal changes
- Health conditions
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
The signs of periodontal disease may not always be evident as the disease progresses in stages. Symptoms of periodontal disease may include:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bleeding gums, especially during brushing or flossing
- Receding gums or the formation of deep pockets between the teeth and gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in bite or difficulty in chewing
Treating Periodontal Disease
Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial in managing periodontal disease. If you notice one of the above symptoms of periodontal disease, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. During the appointment, periodontal disease can be confirmed, and then treatment options like the following can be discussed:
Scaling & Root Planing
This non-surgical procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from below the gum line and smoothing the tooth roots to promote gum tissue reattachment.
In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed to control bacterial infection and promote healing.
Regular dental check-ups, professional cleanings, and diligent oral hygiene practices at home are vital for preventing the recurrence of periodontal disease.
Take Care of Your Smile at Chandler Dental Center
Periodontal disease can have serious consequences if left untreated. Recognizing the causes and symptoms of periodontal disease empowers you to seek advanced treatment and prevent further damage. A healthy smile often starts with visits to the dentist, so get in touch to schedule your appointment to take care of your smile at Chandler Dental Center!
This post was written by ChandlerDentalCenter