Many Americans have some form of gum disease, but haven’t been properly diagnosed. Close to half of Americans have a mild to advanced case according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you are diagnosed with this common oral health problem, see a periodontist at Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, for immediate treatment.
What Is Periodontitis?
Overgrowth of bad bacteria in the oral cavity is the cause of most dental problems, including periodontitis. With this condition, the bad bacteria overwhelm healthy gum tissue and gradually breaks down bone tissue. In an advanced case of periodontitis, the gums become red and swollen, there’s bleeding when brushing, and the teeth start to loosen, Without care from a dentist, tooth loss is a possibility.
How a Periodontist Can Help
Early intervention is the best course of action for gum disease. In the early to moderate stages of gum disease, a procedure called root planing and scaling gets rid of much of the diseased tissue and allows new healthy tissue to be restored in its place. In moderate to late-stage gum disease or periodontitis, periodontal surgery may be necessary. Cosmetic gum surgery can help fix receding and uneven gums that develop due to gum disease.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
It is possible to completely rid your mouth of the symptoms of a gum infection if you and your periodontist pursue aggressive treatments in a timely fashion. These are more tips for keeping your gums healthy after periodontal therapy:
- Eat foods and drink beverages that are high in antioxidants to aid the healing process.
- Floss more regularly than ever before as food getting trapped between the teeth causing plaque and tartar buildup is one of the main causes of gum disease.
- Schedule periodic cleanings with your dentist every three months after periodontal therapy.
Restore Your Gum Health
Know the signs of gum disease and see your periodontist for treatment as soon as possible. Call (301) 948-3111 today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Adam Schneider or Dr. Katie Staub at their office in Gaithersburg, MD.