At Guardian Dental Care, we come across a lot of patients with periodontal disease. Here we will talk about the disease itself and how one can ensure a modicum of protection from their side.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Also known as gum disease, it is caused when bacteria present in plaque builds up between the gums and teeth. The bacteria then gradually grow and inflame the gums surrounding the teeth.
What can happen if it is left untreated?
The inflammation can eventually cause the surrounding gums and bone structure to deteriorate. This will lead to gum recession as well as tooth loss.
Is it preventable?
Yes it can be prevented, provided you follow the following steps recommended by our dentists
1. Brushing: Regular brushing helps remove food debris and plaque which gets trapped between your gums and teeth. Also, we recommend that you scrape your tongue as well, since bacteria accumulate there easily.
2. Flossing: Removing food particles and debris between teeth and along the gum line is important but these are the areas which are difficult to reach through toothbrush. That is why you should floss at least once a day to get the plaque and food particles out.
3. Rinse your mouth: A mouthwash can remove the remaining food particles and reduce plaque, which were missed on brushing and flossing.
4. Be aware of risks: Know that genetics, smoking, age and diet can increase risk for periodontal disease. Our dental professionals are equipped to handle these issues; we suggest that you consult them during your appointment.
5. Annual checkup: You can get an annual periodontal check up at Guardian Dental Care from our dental practitioners. The evaluation will look at your:
2. Plaque level
5. Soft tissues
Are there any treatments for it?
Yes, there are non surgical treatments which we offer, like:
1. Laser treatment
2. Gum treatment
3. Dental crown lengthening
4. Regenerative procedures.
5. Dental implants
6. Pocket reduction methods
Periodontal disease can lead to other systemic problems like osteoporosis, respiratory problems and even cancer. So we advise you to book a dental appointment so that you can get the best care you deserve.
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