In maintaining oral health, one must practice good oral hygiene to prevent oral problems such as periodontal or gum disease; it is characterized by swelling, bleeding, and infection of gums. Periodontal disease needs treatment to prevent the disease from spreading and avoid oral complications. Here at Greenfield Family Dentistry, we provide Periodontal services to diagnose and treat periodontal disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease indicates the infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth which is the gums. It is caused by different factors such as bad habits (smoking), poor oral practice, grinding, etc. Early stages of periodontal disease should be treated to prevent from developing into a severe condition.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
- Persistent Bad Breath
- Swollen and tender gums
- Bleeding Gums
- Receding Gums
- Loose teeth
Periodontal Disease Diagnosis
Periodontal Disease is diagnosed during the periodontal examination which is a part of the routine check-up. During the checkup, a periodontal device is used to measure the pockets between the tooth and gums. Pocket depth can be used as an indication when identifying and diagnosing the severity of periodontal disease which can be categorized as Gingivitis (mild), Periodontitis Moderate) and Advanced Periodontitis (Severe). Once diagnosed, the periodontal disease needs treatment to be cured and prevent the infection from spreading the surrounding tissues.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal treatment depends on the severity of the condition. After the diagnosis, the dentist will prescribe the appropriate periodontal treatment to address the patient’s condition. For mild condition, the dentist will recommend a professional cleaning and healthy practice of oral hygiene. But if the periodontal disease is caused by large pus and sulcus around teeth filled with bacteria and tartar, Scaling and Root Planing might be needed; it refers to the removal of hardened pus (tartar), plaque and toxins that surround the teeth. The procedure allows the gums to heal and pockets to shrink.
Periodontal Disease Treatment Maintenance
After the periodontal treatment, it should be maintained to prevent the infection from going back. The dentist will recommend regular periodontal cleaning to keep track of pocket depths making sure they are healthy and clean.
Remedies on how to maintain healthy gums at home:
- Practice Good Oral Hygiene
- Avoid Biting hard things
- Stop bad habits (smoking and drinking)
- Have a regular checkup to the dentist
Knowing everything about the periodontal disease is essential for the patients to understand what causes it and what to do to treat such condition.
If you experience early signs of periodontal disease, like your sudden bleeding of gums, bad breath, loss teeth or separate teeth, contact our office at Greenfield Family Dentistry for Periodontal Services in Gilbert. You may book your appointment by calling us at (480) 420-3930.