Periodontitis is the disease of the gum, ligaments and bone structure. If not detected early, this disease can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal disease is caused by a build-up of plaque and bacteria in the mouth which hardens and becomes trapped under the gum-line. This infects and damages the teeth and bone structure, while microorganisms slowly erode the gums. Thankfully, if detected in the early stages, this disease can be treated before the teeth and bone structure begin to deteriorate.
The best way to find out whether you are suffering from a gum infection is by checking for the following signs:
- Constant bad taste in the mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums start shrinking
- Swollen, red, bleeding or painful gums
- Gaps appearing between teeth
If you start noticing these signs, then you need to visit your dentist as soon as possible, since if you don’t treat this problem now, then you will have to suffer serious gum infection in the future.
Upon diagnosis, a comprehensive treatment plan will be tailored in regards to the condition of your gums. This treatment is generally implemented over a series of visits.
Periodontal treatment involves:
- Scaling – Scaling involves removing stubborn bacteria and calculus wedged below the gum-line.
- Root Planing – involves removing plaque and tartar from the roots of the teeth to leave a cleansed and smooth surface.
It is important after this preventative treatment that patients are dedicated to continuing their oral health routines. Treatment will meticulously clean the area- but this must be maintained in order to see effective and lasting results.
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