Understanding Periodontal Disease

PERIODONTAL DISEASE Albuquerque NMAlthough it sounds like a type of dinosaur, “periodontal disease” is a condition that is far from archaic. Caused by an excess amount of plaque and tartar build-up across your teeth and gums, periodontal disease can cause your gums to become red, swollen, and inflamed. If you have noticed that your gums are more sensitive than usual or if they bleed more easily, you may have periodontal disease. This article will discuss what this disease is and how it can be treated. Read on to learn more.

What Are The Symptoms?

Sore, bleeding gums could be indicative of some conditions including something as small as something you just ate. To help you differentiate between an everyday oral issue and periodontal disease, we have created a list of common symptoms.

  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.

How Is It Treated?

The good news about a periodontal disease is that it is easily treatable. Depending on the severity of your condition, there are a variety of treatment options that Dr. Steven Holbrook can do including:

  • Switching up your daily dental routine
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Topical antibiotics
  • Removal of tissue
  • Surgery

What If I Don’t Treat It?

You may think that if you don’t get your periodontal disease treated that the symptoms will persist but won’t worsen. However, this is not the case. In fact, if left untreated, there has been researching that suggests that periodontal disease may directly be related to heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, or problems during pregnancy.

If you think you have periodontal disease, don’t wait to get it taken care of. To learn more about this disease or to schedule a cleaning, contact our office today!.

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