Periodontal Health and Maintenance
When it comes to dealing with gum disease at any stage, there really is no time to waste. This condition may start off small and seemingly harmless, but when ignored, it can become very serious, very quickly.
This is a dental health problem that continues to progress and progress until it has done significant damage to the teeth, gum tissue, jawbone and even the tongue in some cases. Since it is an infection, it will continue to fester and spread until treated. Our experienced dental specialists here at Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston know just how to manage and reverse mild or severe cases.
What Is Periodontal Maintenance?
This type of maintenance is specialized and focuses specifically on periodontal issues, unlike routine dental cleanings and maintenance which is geared towards overall oral health. This form of continuing care targets the gums and gumline, as well as the root and crown of the teeth. It is reported that over 80 percent of adults in this country have some form of gum disease. In its early stages, it is referred to as gingivitis. As it progresses and becomes more severe, it is called periodontal disease.
What Happens When Treatment Is Neglected?
At the first signs of gingivitis, many people are not too concerned. Since it does not impact much of their daily lives or activities, it is easy for most people to simply ignore it or put it off until a later time. While the consequences of this may not always come swiftly, when they do begin to manifest themselves they get much more serious quickly. Simple and regular periodontal maintenance can greatly reduce the risk of these things happening. This is especially true for people who have already been diagnosed with any level of gum disease.
What Are the Symptoms of Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease?
There are a number of symptoms associated with all stages of gum disease, although they appear at different points in different patients. However, one of the most common early warning signs is bleeding gums while brushing. This usually begins infrequently at first, with just light bleeding every few days or once a week. If left unaddressed, this quickly evolves into more frequent and heavier bleeding, sensitivity to hot and cold, general tooth pain or discomfort, as well as other unpleasant conditions.
In the more severe cases, regular spontaneous bleeding can occur even without eating or brushing. Other issues at this stage include severe dry mouth, chronic bad breath, loose or shifting teeth, as well as tooth loss. In the most advanced conditions, the infection can cause bone decay and loss in the jaw as well.
Treatments and Restorative Procedures
For as many specific stages and symptoms associated with gum disease, there are just as many periodontal maintenance techniques available to help treat them. Which specific procedure you require will depend on a number of factors that will have to be discussed with our dentist. As a general rule, a deep cleaning and root scale are often effective measures, if proper at-home care is practiced such as regular brushing, rinsing and flossing.
Do not let another minute go by without addressing your gum disease. The longer you wait, the worse it is going to get. Give our oral health care professionals here at Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston a call today. The direct line to our clinical staff is 346-245-5585.