Bacteria can accumulate under the gums, causing inflammation of the gum tissues. This irritation causes the gums to bleed easily when brushing and flossing. Over time, the infected gum pockets become deeper, and the bacteria can spread to the periodontal ligament and jawbone. Periodontal disease can cause teeth to become loose and even fall out in the worst cases.
A periodontist is a dentist specializing in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions affecting the mouth's teeth, gums, and other soft tissues. At Century Dental Associates, these specialists provide scaling and root planing treatments to remove hardened plaque and tartar from below the gum line. They can also offer periodontal surgery for more advanced cases.
Treatment for periodontal disease varies based on the severity of the disease. If you notice bleeding while brushing or flossing, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. Bleeding gums may occur because of plaque buildup on the teeth. You may also have gum disease if you experience persistent bad breath and loose or discolored teeth. Fortunately, most periodontal diseases are treatable with scaling and root planing procedures. These deep cleanings remove bacteria below the gum line to eliminate infection and promote tissue regeneration.
Gum disease treatment is necessary to prevent tooth loss and maintain good oral health. Untreated gum disease has been linked to several serious health problems, including stroke, heart attack, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. It also causes bone deterioration around teeth, causing them to become loose and eventually fall out. This is why it’s essential to seek treatment for gum disease as soon as you notice any symptoms.
The most crucial step in preventing gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily. In addition, you should visit the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup to check for any oral health problems or concerns. If you are already showing signs of gingivitis, treatment is crucial to prevent disease progression that can eventually lead to bone loss and tooth loss.
In addition to practicing daily oral care at home, you should also avoid smoking or using tobacco products as they can increase your risk of developing the disease and having more severe symptoms if diagnosed with it. Lastly, if you have diabetes, heart disease, or another chronic health condition, let your dentist know, as this can also increase your risk.
If you want to learn more about periodontics and how we can treat and prevent gum disease, visit Century Dental Associates at 353 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10016, or call (212) 587-3000 to schedule a consultation today!