Periodontal disease also known as gum disease is the number one leading cause of tooth loss and more importantly it can also affect your oral health. Your oral health is directly connected to your overall health and this is why the early prevention of gum disease is highly important. Gum disease is caused by a build up of plaque and the accumulation of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. There are various gum disease treatment options and warning signs.
Periodontal Disease Warning Signs
Periodontal disease in the beginning stages can be very mild, but as it progresses it can become very severe. One of the most common signs of periodontal disease is gingivitis. It’s important to be aware of the warning signs of periodontal disease because in the early stages if treated the damage can be reversed. On the other hand, if the warning signs are ignored and periodontal disease is allowed to advance then the damage will be irreversible and at that point it will be mainly about maintenance. Review the list of symptoms that indicate periodontal disease:
- Bleeding and tender gums
- Persistently bad breath
- Sensitive or loose teeth
- Receding, pus-filled gums
- Experiencing painful chewing
- Change in fit of partial dentures
Any of these symptoms can be an indication that you’ve developed periodontal disease.
Importance of Early Diagnosis and Treatment
The earlier periodontal disease is diagnosed the better this is because gum disease is the easiest to detect during a routine dental examination. Also, periodontists are the leading experts when it comes to diagnosing or providing treatment for gum disease. In addition, a periodontist might provide you with treatment options different from your dentist because its what they specialize in. While oral care at home is important making an appointment with your dentist is the best decision to make as far as maintaining your oral and your overall health is concerned.
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If you think you may have developed gum disease, it’s best to reach out to your dentist so they can examine you and if needed refer you to a periodontist for further examining and treatment.