Do you have Periodontal Disease?

The Facts About Periodontal Disease

What is it?

Periodontal Disease involves inflammation and infection around a tooth. More serious than gingivitis, this condition needs to be treated in order to avoid serious complications and to protect your gums, teeth and bones. If left untreated for a period of time, this condition could lead to surgery and tooth loss.

Do I have it?

Half of all adults will experience periodontal disease. Consider the following symptoms:

Visit your dentist if symptoms persist.

Visit your dentist if symptoms persist.

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums

What should I do if I have these symptoms?

If you have a persistent combination of any of the above symptoms, it's worth visiting your dentist, who should do a thorough exam to evaluate the extent of the disease. The dentist should prescribe an appropriate regimen, which will probably include deep cleaning and/or medication.

How can I avoid it?

Periodontal disease can be treated, but more importantly it can be prevented. We advise the following:

  1. Use mouthwash that contains fluoride. Fluoride mouth rinses strengthen the teeth and can help prevent decay at all ages.

  2. Consume plenty of calcium rich foods, such as low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Calcium is essential for strong teeth and bones.

  3. Brush and floss regularly!

If you suspect that you might have periodontal disease or have questions regarding general oral health, contact us to schedule a visit with Dr. Mikula and her team.

Posted on October 15, 2014 and filed under dental care tips.