Neglecting to brush and floss your teeth properly can create cavities but it can also cause gum diseases, also known as periodontal diseases. Periodontal diseases are usually caused by inflammation and infection in the gums and bones that support the teeth.
There are different stages of periodontal disease. In the early stage it is labeled as gingivitis. This is where your gums may become inflamed or bleed when brushing or flossing. Gums become inflamed when plaque, the sticky stuff that accumulates on your teeth, isn’t properly removed by brushing.
In its most serious form, the disease is labeled periodontitis meaning the gums can be so infected they begin pulling away from the teeth. Once this starts, bone loss can happen and teeth could potentially fall out.
Treatment and Prevention
In the early stages of gum disease, or gingivitis, the dental professional is able to control or treat with excellent oral hygiene and professional cleanings. When getting into the more severe stages of periodontitis the treatment might include:
- Deep cleaning of the tooth and in some cases the root surfaces below the tooth
- Oral medication
- In some cases, corrective surgery might be needed
Periodontal disease is very serious and can cause permanent damage to your teeth. There are only two simple things that can help prevent getting a periodontal disease: going to the dentist and brushing and flossing properly 2 times a day to remove plaque.
It is important to see us for a routine cleaning and exam every 6 months to prevent any gum diseases and to catch problems before they become severe. If you think that you or someone in your family could be suffering from a gum disease, come in and let us help. It is important to catch these problems early to prevent permanent damage.
If you are in the Greenwood, Indiana area and are suffering from periodontal disease, please come see us at Madison Ave Dental so we can get your teeth back to feeling good!