Periodontal Disease is also known as gum disease. It is a gum and bone infection. If it is not treated, it can become severe and may eventually lead to tooth loss. It can often be treated in its early stages with a treatment to clean your teeth called scaling and root planing. This is the first step in preventing or even combating periodontal disease.
Scaling and planing involves a deep dental cleaning. Depending on the extent of periodontal disease that you have, your dentist may recommend that one or more sections of the mouth be treated more extensively.
To identify warning signs you should look for:
- If your gums are bleeding easily.
- If your gums have pulled back from your teeth.
- If you have persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.
- If you have permanent teeth that are loose, separating, or changing location.
- If you have exposed tooth roots.
- If you notice you have red, swollen or tender gums.
- If you have pus between the teeth and gums when the gums are pressed.
- If you notice changes in the way your partial dentures are fitting in your mouth.
It’s important to realize that periodontal diseases are often progressive. If it is left untreated, your condition could worsen. Through regular dental check-ups, you can prevent and treat periodontal disease.
Call and book your appointment with Dr. Leung at Lakewood Dental Trails to ensure you maintain a healthy and happy smile and mouth!