Periodontal disease, also simply known as gum disease, is a serious condition that can occur in both adults and children. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology has discovered that periodontal disease is the number one reason for the loss of natural teeth after the age of 35. Patients who notice changes in their teeth and gums, such as swelling, redness, and tenderness, may be experiencing the initial signs of gum disease. Gingivitis is the first stage, and patients may notice blood when they brush or floss their teeth. Patients with these concerns are encouraged to visit Dr. Suri of Kings Dental as soon as possible for proper treatment to keep the disease from progressing further.
When gum disease is left untreated, it has been linked to the development of many other medical health ailments, including an increased risk for strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes. By maintaining proper oral care at home and visiting the dental office regularly for cleanings and check-ups, you can reduce the risk of developing gum disease as well as tooth decay. Periodontal disease left untreated can result in the loss of gum tissue, bone, and even natural teeth. Restorations may be necessary to bring the smile back to health and functionality, which can be time-consuming and expensive. Maintaining the natural teeth is preferred over restoring the smile with dentures, bridges, and dental implants.
It used to be that gum disease frequently required surgery. However, many less invasive techniques are available today, including deep professional cleanings, medicated mouthwashes, and topical antibiotics.
Dr. Suri of Kings Dental offers many periodontal treatments, including proper diagnosis of periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing is a common procedure, which is a deep cleaning of the teeth. This includes the roots of the teeth to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Antibiotics may also be used during this time.
Patients who have developed gum disease may also have changes in their oral health care routines at home. This may include special medicated mouth rinses and instructions to brush and floss thoroughly after every meal. Maintaining a healthy smile is easy with proper care, and patients can help reverse the condition in many instances to maintain a healthy smile for life!