Are your gums swollen or puffy? Do they easily bleed or feel tender when you brush or floss? These may be signs of a serious gum infection that can cause damage to the tissue or the bone. It can even cause teeth to become loose or fall out. Periodontitis is relatively common and can be easily prevented. If you’re having any of these symptoms, consult one of our doctors:
- Swollen gums
- Red or purple gums
- Tender gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Tooth loss
- Painful chewing or a change in bite
Treatments for periodontitis can range from non-surgical treatments to laser or surgical procedures. The least invasive options include professional cleaning as well as scaling and root planing. However, if these treatments are not enough to reverse the infection, our doctors may refer you to a periodontist for specialty treatment. Periodontitis can destroy bone quickly so proper treatment within a timely fashion is of utmost importance.
Preventative and ongoing maintenance
It’s important to know that this problem won’t go away on its own. It does require intervention from a dentist and ongoing maintenance after the procedure. Here’s what you need to know after you have a periodontal diagnosis.
- Schedule regular dentist visits – gum disease can make it more difficult to thoroughly clean your own teeth
- You may need medication – Pills, mouth rinse, or other medication may be needed to control the infection.
- You’ll have increased sensitivity – Especially after the treatment, you might experience increased soreness and sensitivity.
- Avoid tobacco – Smoking, vaping, or any form of tobacco can worsen gum disease.
If you want to have your teeth checked for Periodontitis, make your appointment today!