Periodontal disease affects many patients, without them even knowing it exists. For the most part, periodontal disease is painless, and it is easy to miss if you don’t faithfully see your dentist. Periodontal disease occurs when the gum line recedes, and plaque and tartar begins to build. When your gum line decreases, this indicates a possibility of the disease. The two stages of periodontics are gingivitis and periodontal disease. With gingivitis, gums are swollen and red. They also bleed easily. This stage is easily treatable and daily flossing and brushing for the most part can reverse the disease. With periodontal disease, untreated periodontics severely damage the gums and bone. This can lead to tooth loss.
The following increase your chances for periodontal disease:
- Smoking/chewing tobacco
- Medications including steroids, cancer therapy drugs, oral contraceptives and more
- Poorly-fitted dental bridges
- Crooked teeth
- Old fillings
Symptoms indicating the possibility of periodontal disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Tender, swollen gums
- Gums pulled away from teeth
- Bad breath or a bad taste
- Pus between gums and teeth
- Loose or separating teeth
- Change in bite
- Change in the fit of partial dentures
If gingivitis or periodontal disease is detected, your dentist can help you by recommending at-home or in-office treatment, depending on the severity of the disease. Faithful dental hygiene and regular office visits can help you prevent periodontal disease and also catch any warning signs before they become severe.
If you are suffering from periodontal disease in Boca Raton, FL, call us today! Our team will provide the care that you need and recommend treatment to help your teeth stay clean and healthy!