Periodontal disease is a very serious and widespread oral health issue. In addition to uncomfortable symptoms, this could be the cause of adult tooth loss. However, you can take action to avoid the disease! In today’s blog, your Syosset, NY, dentist talks about how we prevent and treat issues like periodontal disease.
The Causes of Periodontal Issues
How does the disease develop? The issue starts with gingivitis, or gum inflammation, which an occur due to plaque buildup, which is brought on by improper brushing and flossing and a diet high in sugar and starch. This creates a buildup that irritates the gingival tissues. Smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products could be a factor too, as could a family history of the disease. The gums will appear redder than usual, and may feel sensitive and bleed easily. Treatment at this stage could reverse the issue, but on the gums pull away for the teeth and form pockets, bacteria could enter them, and lead to the onset of the disease. Now the issue cannot be cured, but it can be successfully managed to prevent later stages, the ones linked to tooth loss.
Taking Preventive Actions
To avoid the disease, try to eat a healthier diet and brush and floss your teeth daily without complication. This removes stray food and drink particles before bacteria can break them down, limiting the severity of plaque buildup. Then when you attend your six-month visits, we can remove the buildup completely with a cleaning, and polish the teeth. These actions help limit the chances of gingivitis.
If periodontal disease has formed, then we can discuss issues to help manage it. A deep cleaning, known as a scaling and root planing, could be used to remove buildup from both the teeth and roots. The procedure could take one to four visits, and we may use it to either reverse gingivitis or to manage gum disease. After the procedure, we could recommend a traditional cleaning every three to four months to help keep your gingival tissues strong and healthy, and to keep your smile whole. Our team could also discuss surgical treatments to remove impacted tissues and allow healthy ones to adhere to the teeth, which again enables our team to manage the issue and keep your smile complete.
If you have any questions about protecting your periodontal health then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you smile with confidence!
Do You Have Questions About Improving Periodontal Health?
Preventive actions and treatment can help you maintain a full and comfortable smile. If you have questions about how our team helps improve gum health and preserve your teeth, then contact our Syosset, NY dental office today at 516-433-2211.