Periodontal Disease and What You Should Know about It
Periodontal disease is a potentially serious gum infection that can increase your risk of certain systemic health problems. However, it is both highly preventable and treatable, especially in its earliest stages. If you have any signs of periodontal disease, our dentist in Northridge can help.
- Risk factors
Risk factors for gum disease include smoking, poor dental hygiene, poor diet, chronic stress, hormone fluctuations, certain prescription medications, diabetes and certain other health conditions, abnormal tooth structure, drug abuse, excessive alcohol use and impacted wisdom teeth.
Symptoms of periodontal disease can be mild at the onset of the condition and may include swollen gums, red or inflamed gums, chronic bad breath, a receding gum line, shifting or loose teeth and gums that bleed easily when teeth are brushed or flossed.
Scaling and root planing is often the first step in treating periodontal disease. It is essentially a deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque, bacteria and tartar from above and below the gumline. After the teeth have been thoroughly cleaned, the root surface will be smoothed to promote healing. In some cases, antibiotics or surgery may also be needed.
Periodontal disease can have serious consequences, but it is generally easy to avoid. Brush your teeth twice daily using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Floss between your teeth using dental floss or interdental cleaners and visit our dental office regularly for cleanings and checkups. Contact our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
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