Periodontal Disease Treatment

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis, or periodontal disease, is a gum disease that is quite common but also preventable. Learning about periodontitis can help you avoid it in the future. The side effects of this gum disease may include loss of teeth, decaying teeth, and eventually heart attack or stroke. Taking good care of your teeth and gums is crucial to a healthy smile. Eating right can also help you avoid this disease.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can include:

  • Bad breath
  • Swelling of gums
  • Bleeding gums or gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
  • Loss of teeth
  • Toothaches or tender gums

The main cause of this disease is plaque left on your teeth and gums that cause infection. This is due to bad hygiene habits. Failure to consistently brush your teeth and keep your mouth clear of plaque can lead to infection in the gums and eventually to gum disease. Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly is a good way to keep your mouth free of plaque and your gums free of disease.

If you suspect that you may have periodontal disease, you should schedule an appointment in our office right away. Periodontal disease is treatable and getting treatment earlier can help prevent the loss of your teeth. Give us a call and we will be happy to set up an appointment for you.