If your nose bled every time you wiped it, you would be concerned, yet? So why aren’t we more concerned when we brush and floss and our gums bleed? Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria in dental plaque. Many people already have gingivitis, or swollen bleeding gums. However, this is only an early stage. Eventually, your teeth will become loose.
You can avoid periodontal disease by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist recurrently. Most people should see the dentist about once every six months. But if you already have gum disease you may need to visit more often. Daily brushing and flossing, when done correctly, should keep everything in check between appointments.
If you need to see a periodontist, you will need an evaluation. You will talk about your medical history, your lifestyle (do you smoke?), and your current medical conditions. You should also take note if any members of your family have gum problems, as they can run in families.
The first visit always includes a thorough examination of the following:
- Your head, neck and jaw joints (temporomandibular joints, or TMJs)
- Your mouth and throat (tongue, tonsils, cheeks etc.)
- Your teeth
- Your gums
You will need to get x-rays to tell if you have any bone loss or other problems with the roots and bones in your mouth. It could even include the maxillary sinuses and jaw joints.
After the exam and evaluation, your periodontist will define what type of gum disease you have, if you do, and develop a plan to treat it. People have diverse wants and needs when it comes to pain and eventual goals. No treatment is one size fits all. Some dentists believe in the aggressive by using surgery. Others prefer treatments that don’t require surgery.
Whatever treatment you receive from your dentist, you will be placed in a maintenance program that includes follow-ups and cleanings. These visits help to keep your mouth and gums healthy and to make sure you’re on the right track. They also can help to prevent the disease from getting worse again.
If you think you have periodontal disease, or you want to take the steps to stop it from ever getting to that point, book your consult now at 289 521-2555.