Periodontal Disease Treatment
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There is more to your mouth than just your teeth. Periodontal diseases are diseases that affect the gums, bone and ligaments in the mouth. Periodontal diseases are a major cause of tooth loss and are becoming increasingly prevalent as people keep their teeth in older age. Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease that involves inflammation of the gums and subsequent bleeding. If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to become periodontitis, a much more sinister disease that can lead to tooth loss.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue that holds your teeth in place, which can be caused by a poor sense of oral hygiene. Bad brushing and flossing techniques can lead to the buildup of plaque, which then hardens and can lead to disease in extreme cases. Periodontal disease can eventually cause sore gums, bleeding from the gum, pain when chewing, and even tooth loss.
What are the causes of periodontal disease?
Each and every person’s mouth is full of bacteria, it depends on how we deal with this bacteria as to how healthy our teeth and gums are. Bacteria and sticky mucus, if allowed to build up, causes colourless plaque, something that a good standard of brushing/flossing can remove. However, once hardened, only a professional clean from the dentist can remove plaque/tartar. Smoking can increase the chances of gum disease, while other risk factors include diabetes, female hormonal changes, medications that reduce saliva flow, illnesses such as AIDS, certain medications, and more.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
There are a number of tell-tale signs of tooth and gum disease. Bad breath that does not go away no matter how hard you try. Swollen and tender gums than may also appear red and sore. Bleeding from the gums, perhaps after brushing. Pains experienced when chewing. Sensitive teeth and loose teeth are also potential signs. If your teeth appear longer and/or your gums are receding, this can also be a warning sign.
How do you treat periodontal disease?
The first step is to reach out to a dental professional before it reaches that point. If you notice any of the above symptoms, make an appointment. Periodontal disease treatment revolves around controlling the infection and a good standard of oral care at home, as well as changing certain habits that may have led to the disease.