Any time you hear the word, “disease” it can cause a sense of alarm. When it comes to dental terms, there is a condition called Periodontal Disease. If you’re wondering about what this oral condition is, we will provide you with ways to prevent it and treat it.
What is Periodontal Disease?
According to the American Dental Association, Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection that affects your tissues and bone that support your teeth. If you have this condition your gum tissue pulls away from your tooth. If the disease progresses it can damage your tissue and bone that support your teeth. Eventually, if left untreated, it can lead to your teeth falling out or needing to be removed.
Are there ways to prevent Periodontal Disease?
Maintaining healthy oral habits is the best way to prevent Periodontal Disease. Oral care that involves brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing once daily will help prevent it. Your diet is important in preventing it, so choose healthy foods and avoid snacks and sugary drinks. Regular dental visits for professional cleanings will help remove tartar, which traps bacteria along your gumline.
How is Periodontal Disease treated?
The severity of your condition will determine the level of treatment that is required for your Periodontal Disease. You may simply require professional cleaning, but you may also require a special cleaning called scaling and root planning. In severe cases, periodontal surgery may be required.
If you are concerned that you are suffering from gum disease contact Jefferson Dental Care to schedule your next comprehensive exam. The sooner your condition is detected, the easier it is to treat.
Posted on behalf of Jefferson Dental Care