Periodontal disease is more common than you might think. At Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ, we see patients with it almost every day. Some patients aren’t even aware they have it until it’s diagnosed. Fortunately, it can be treated effectively, especially when we catch it early on.
More commonly called ‘gum disease’, it is an inflammation or infection of the gums. Periodontal disease can be very painful in some extreme conditions, and can limit your ability to eat normally.
A Progressive Condition
Gum disease is progressive. Before it reaches the advanced stage, it is called gingivitis, which is inflammation in the gums. An early sign of gingivitis is bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth.
Gingivitis develops when plaque is not adequately removed from your teeth. You remove it by brushing and flossing. The good news is that gingivitis is easily reversible. If you’re diagnosed with it, you need to step up your brushing and flossing, and get a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist.
Advanced gum disease develops when gingivitis is not treated. Toxins build up in the plaque on your teeth and invades gum tissue. Not only that, it gets into the bone and ligaments that support the teeth. The teeth can actually become loose.
Severe cases may require surgery. But first is a non-surgical treatment called scaling and root planing, or SRP. We scrape plaque and tartar off the surfaces of your teeth and root surfaces. From there, any roughness on the roots is smoothed to prevent bacteria from accumulating.
It usually takes more than one dental appointment to complete SRP. But once it’s over, gums usually heal and reattach to the teeth.
All of this can be avoided with proper dental care. It’s just one of the reasons why we remind all our patients to brush and floss twice a day.
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