Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis, is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. It has also been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other serious illnesses. The importance of your gum health cannot be overstated. As the foundation for your teeth, they are an essential part of oral health, as well as overall health.
At Midlothian Dental Arts, Dr. Stafford provides gentle and thorough care to prevent periodontal disease from progressing. While periodontitis can often not be completely reversed, there are several things that you can do through a proper at-home routine and regular in-office maintenance to prevent the disease from growing worse and causing damage.
Gum disease often progresses silently and speedily. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease include:
- Sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
The good news is that periodontal disease is controllable. Through the proper treatment and regular care, you can maintain a healthy teeth and gums! There are various treatments for periodontal disease available. Which option your dentist will recommend depends on the stage of disease. Some of the most common options, such as scaling and root planing, are non-invasive and performed under local anesthetic. More advanced treatments include osseous recontouring and flap surgery. Our dentists can help you determine which treatment option works best for your particular case. Once periodontal disease has been treated, we recommend visiting our hygienists every three months for regular maintenance and to prevent any plague accumulation.
If you have concerns about gum disease, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Stafford. We are happy to offer complimentary second opinions.