Periodontal Disease Prevention
Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, can range from simple gum inflammation to a serious condition that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth can be lost. Gum disease can also increase your risk of other serious health problems, such as heart disease.
Symptoms to watch for include:
- Bleeding, swollen gums
- Receding gumlines
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Mobile teeth
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Food packing between your teeth
What Causes Gum Disease?
The bacteria in our mouths constantly forms a sticky, colorless “plaque” on our teeth. Brushing and flossing can help get rid of plaque. However, plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that only a professional cleaning can remove.
Gum Disease Treatments
If you have gum disease, our in-house periodontal therapy can help you eliminate the infection. After the areas around your teeth are numbed, a series of deep cleanings will be performed to remove the calcified bacteria that are inside of the gum pockets around your teeth.
The Importance of Oral Hygiene
With proper oral hygiene, we can help you eliminate the infection that often causes tooth loss. For the majority of our patients, we recommend scheduling routine cleaning appointments every 3 to 4 months after the deep cleaning, until symptoms are reversed. Knowing how to reverse gum disease and keep it from coming back can help you enjoy your natural teeth for the rest of your life.
With dedicated oral hygiene, we can help you eliminate the infection that so often causes tooth loss. In most cases, we will recommend cleaning appointments every 3 to 4 months after your deep cleaning, until symptoms are reversed.
Do you have gum disease? Putting treatment off could jeopardize the health of your teeth. Call the office of Douglas J. Snyder, DDS for gum disease treatments in Elkhart!
If you’ve had dental trauma or have an infected gum beneath your damaged tooth, you may need a root canal! Call us today to find out more.