Periodontal disease develops when oral bacteria cause inflammation in the gum tissue, resulting in symptoms ranging from red, swollen or bleeding gums to tooth and bone loss in the most advanced cases.
Gum disease is a progressive condition that occurs in stages. The mildest form, gingivitis, often can be addressed with a thorough professional cleaning at your regular check-up with your family dentist.
However, if the condition is not addressed early and has the opportunity to progress, the interventions become more invasive.
Periodontitis, a more advanced form of gum disease in which pockets develop between the gums and the teeth and the teeth may become loose, often requires specialized treatment, such as a deep cleaning or even gum surgery to eliminate the diseased tissue.
It’s important to recognize that periodontal disease has the potential for devastating effects on your smile. However, such outcomes are not a foregone conclusion. Patients who work with their family dentist to identify the condition in its earliest stages and promptly seek treatment will have an easier path to oral health.
If you’ve had one episode of gum disease, it becomes that much more important for you to schedule routine check-ups and professional cleanings at your dentist’s office at least every six months. Getting dental care at such regular intervals gives your dentist more opportunity to monitor your gums for any signs of a relapse.
You and your dentist can also work together to assess your oral hygiene routine to be sure it is adequate. For example, if you’re only brushing once a day or brushing for less than two minutes at a time, you may not be doing enough to prevent another bout of gum disease. This too can be an important component of a plan to prevent gum disease.
Gum disease can have major consequences for your oral health and significantly compromise your smile’s appearance. Talk to our friendly and skilled team at Fresh Leaf Dental to learn more about the signs of gum disease so that you can address it early if you develop the condition. Be sure to seek treatment if you notice any symptoms of periodontal disease to limit the chances that it will advance.