Have you been concerned over the state of your gums lately? One of the leading causes of tooth loss today, periodontal disease (aka gum disease) can cause immense damage to your oral and general health if it isn't treated promptly. Fortunately, here at our dental practice in Jacksonville, NC, our dentist, Dr. Jose Arauz, can treat periodontal disease and restore your gum health—read on to learn more
Causes of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is primarily caused by the bacteria found in plaque, a substance that develops when bacteria is left behind on teeth. Over time, plaque begins to harden and forms into tartar, a material that can only be removed through professional dental cleanings. The bacteria in plaque and tartar can then infect the gums and cause them to become inflamed and pull away from the teeth, a hallmark sign of periodontal disease.
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is by maintaining good oral hygiene habits, as well as attending regular dental exams and cleanings.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
There are a few symptoms associated with periodontal disease, and none of them should not be ignored. After all, prompt treatment is crucial for stopping periodontal disease from spreading to other areas of the mouth. Some of these symptoms include:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums that bleed when brushing
- Gum sensitivity or pain
- Persistent bad breath
- Periodontal abscess
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
Treatments for Periodontal Disease
If periodontal disease is discovered during an appointment at our Jacksonville office, your dentist can develop an individualized treatment plan for you. Some of the first steps in treating gum disease include recommendations for improving oral hygiene techniques at home, and professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar build-up. Deep cleaning of the roots using a technique called scaling and root planing can also help.
Other options for treating periodontal disease include the application of antimicrobial agents to the teeth and gums or the use of antibiotics. More serious cases of the condition could also require periodontal surgery. Surgical procedures are used to clean/remove periodontal abscesses, replace lost gum tissue, and reattach gum tissue to the teeth. The need for any type of periodontal surgery will depend on the severity of the periodontal disease.
Concerned? Give us a Call
If you have periodontal disease, it is important to see a dentist right away for treatment. Schedule an appointment at our Jacksonville office today by dialing (910) 577-1315.