Periodontal disease, or a bacterial infection of the gums and bone, is surprisingly widespread. Adults 65 and older are even more at risk. But because the signs can sometimes be hard to spot, most people do not get treated in time to prevent the disease from taking hold of your gums. If periodontal disease is not treated properly, it can lead to your teeth getting loose or even falling out. That’s why it’s so important to get gum disease treatment Aventura, FL at Aventura Dental Center dental office.
Gingivitis And Periodontitis
As with many diseases, gum disease can be traced back to bacteria. Harmful bacteria can start building up at the gumline when tiny particles of food are left near the teeth. Bacteria feast on this and grow on the teeth and gums, building up plaque and tartar around your teeth. At this stage, the gum disease is usually called gingivitis.
When allowed to grow unchecked, gingivitis can become the more serious version called periodontitis. The infection develops and spreads below the gumline, and the gums begin to pull away from teeth, creating pockets where more bacteria can thrive. As your body fights this infection, the gums, bone, and tissue can be damaged. This is why your teeth can get loose or even fall out.
Symptoms Of Periodontal Disease
The easiest symptom to spot might be bleeding that happens after you brush or floss your teeth. When dealing with inflammation or a bacterial infection, your gums can get very sensitive and bleed when treated normally. However, there are other signs as well, including red or tender gums, swollen gums, bad breath that won’t go away, and gums that are pulling away from your teeth. Loose teeth can also be a sign of periodontitis.
Unfortunately, sometimes there are no signs that periodontal disease is there. That’s part of why regular dental cleanings and exams are so important.
Periodontal Disease Treatments
The easiest way to treat this disease is by not allowing it to go undetected in the first place. Regular care at home (brushing and flossing) as well as regular visits (dental cleanings and exams) can help prevent the bacteria from infecting your gums.
Prophy is the nickname for prophylactic teeth cleaning, which is cleaning teeth to prevent the disease. It’s performed when you do not have bacteria below the gumline, so it’s most commonly used to treat gingivitis. Your teeth are given a special cleaning and polishing to remove plaque and tartar, which helps get rid of the bacteria.
Scaling and root planing are nonsurgical methods to deeply clean your teeth and remove the bacteria and buildup around the roots of teeth and below the gumline. This eliminates the source of the problem and gives your gums time to heal from the infection.
Perio maintenance is for treating the advanced form of gum disease, periodontitis, after has gone untreated for so long that it cannot be removed. The goal is to keep the infection under control by removing plaque and tartar not normally removed by prophy. Any pockets in the gums created by the disease can be treated with ARESTIN®, an antibiotic that is inserted into those pockets. ARESTIN® lasts for weeks to kill the bacteria there and any more that try to move in.
The worst thing you can do with gum disease is ignore it. But because the symptoms are sometimes small or hard to notice, you can easily do that without knowing it. To schedule an appointment so Dr. Bistritz can examine you for signs of gum disease, call us at 786-681-1127 today or use our convenient online form.
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