Periodontics, better known as the treatment of gum disease, is one of the most important facets of dentistry. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, affecting 75% of the population. Daily brushing and flossing combined with regular visits to the dentist are the keys to healthy gums.
Prevention is the best way to combat gum disease. Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day help keep your teeth and gums clean. Biannual dental health exams and professional teeth cleanings are also necessary for prevention and allow for early diagnosis of gum disease.
Causes and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene. Without proper dental care, your teeth and gums are susceptible to creating harmful bacteria that can cause damage to the structure of the bite and smile. Poor oral hygiene is just one cause of gum disease, other causes may include:
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Family history
- Hormonal changes such as pregnancy
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Poor nutrition (malnourishment or obesity)
- Diseases such as diabetes
Gum disease is known as a silent disease because many patients don’t realize they have it until the later stages of the condition. If you notice any changes in your oral health it is important to contact your Barataria dentist as soon as possible. Some of the common warning signs and symptoms include:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding when brushing, flossing, or eating
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath
- Changes in the bite, including changes in the fit of dentures
The major concern for gum disease is tooth loss. There are, however, other concerns as gum disease can contribute to serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy-related problems such as low birth weight.
Gum Disease Treatment
Prevention, through routine dental health exams and good at-home oral hygiene, is the best way to fight against the development of gum disease. Once harmful bacteria are present, periodontal therapy is the best way to restore the health of the gums and to prevent future damage to the teeth or gums. Our regular patients receive an annual periodontal screening where our dentists check for early signs of gum disease.
Our goal is to treat each patient with the most conservative approach by identifying problems in their earliest stages to treat future damage or decay. We offer intensive gum cleaning called scaling and root planing to help patients manage gum disease.
For patients who have extensive damage caused by gum disease, Doctors Burmaster and Hemphill, may work with a periodontist for surgical procedures.
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