You may have red, swollen gums, notice extra bleeding when you floss, or your teeth may be more sensitive than usual. However, in some situations, you may not notice anything unusual each time you take care of your teeth and you carry on with your oral hygiene as normal.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is extremely common. Many individuals may not realize they have it until it is too late and they have entered the advanced stages. That’s why it is important you recognize the signs and know what type of treatment is available.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease occurs when you develop infections around the gums, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone. There are several stages to this disease. Gingivitis is the earliest stage and occurs when you have an infection in the gums. When you enter the more advanced stages, you may experience severe consequences such as loose teeth or tooth loss, an increased risk of severe health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes, etc.
What Type of Periodontal Treatment is Available?
Luckily, there are several treatment options available to help you battle this disease. Deep cleaning and scaling of the gums are one of the first things that will happen. This is when a professional will break up all the bacteria and plaque around your gum lines and the roots of the teeth. Other Periodontal disease treatment options may include various medications, creams, gels, etc. For more advanced stages, you may experience surgery, bone and tissue grafts, and much more.
Proper oral hygiene, along with frequent dental appointments are critical if you want to keep your teeth in tip-top condition.
Call Arenson Dental today to schedule your next dental appointment or request an appointment online.