If you are suffering from periodontal disease, you will need the care of a periodontist to help you fight this serious gum infection. Left untreated, periodontal disease can loosen your teeth or even lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal disease is a very common condition that is largely preventable. It usually develops due to poor oral hygiene. You can significantly enhance your chances of successful periodontal disease treatment by brushing your teeth at least twice daily, flossing daily, and having regular checkups.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
When your gums are healthy, they should be firm and pale pink in color, fitting snugly around your teeth. Some common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
* Puffy or swollen gums
* Gums that are bright red or purplish
* Tender gums
* Bleeding gums
* Gums receding from your teeth
* Bad breath
* Loose teeth
* Pain or discomfort when chewing
Types of Periodontal Disease
Chronic periodontal disease is the most common form and mostly affects adults, although children may also have it. This form is due to the buildup of plaque and can lead to the destruction of gums, bone, and teeth if left untreated.
Aggressive periodontal disease normally starts in childhood and is relatively uncommon. It tends to run in families, leading to the quick progression of bone and tooth loss when left untreated.
Necrotizing periodontal disease results in the death of gum tissue, ligaments that support teeth, and bone due to restricted blood supply that leads to a severe infection. This form occurs most often among those who have suppressed immune systems, like those with cancer or an HIV infection.
When to See a Dentist
You should make an appointment with your Ambler periodontist if you experience any symptoms that appear to be consistent with periodontal disease. The earlier that you seek care, the better your odds of reversing and preventing further damage from the serious condition.
Causes of Periodontal Disease
Something called plaque accumulates on your teeth when sugars and starches in your food encourage the proliferation of bacteria that are normally located in the mouth. You can help remove plaque by brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing once daily.
You can also develop tartar, which is hardened plaque found under the gum line. Tartar is more difficult to remove them plaque and is filled with bacteria. When plaque and tartar stay on your teeth, they cause progressively more damage. Tartar cannot be removed by flossing and brushing; you will need a professional periodontist to remove it.
If you feel that you are at risk for periodontal disease, or have already been diagnosed and need treatment, please contact Barry Levin DMD at www.aperiodoc.com to schedule an appointment right away.
Contact Barry P. Levin DMD Jenkintown Periodontist & Implant Dentist at 215-635-0465.