Periodontal disease. Periodontitis. Gum disease. Whatever you call it, it is a serious gum infection that can destroy gum tissue and, if left alone, can even destroy the bone supporting your teeth.
What is periodontal disease?
It is a chronic bacterial infection caused by poor oral hygiene and plaque.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease symptoms aren’t always painful, so severe damage may have already occurred by the time you realize that something is amiss. This is why it is important to regularly visit your Albany Smiles dentist in Albany, NY. We will recognize the symptoms of gum disease in its early stages and take proper steps.
While some patients have no symptoms at all, some signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen gums that bleed easily
- Bad breath
- Blood when brushing or flossing or gums that easily bleed
- Receding gums
- Pain when chewing
- Loose teeth or teeth loss
- New spaces that develop between your teeth
- Pus between teeth and gums
Is it possible to prevent periodontal disease?
Yes. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are the best way to prevent periodontitis. Brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes in the morning and before bed. Floss at least once daily. Make regular appointments with Albany Smiles for cleanings and checkups.
I’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease. What happens now?
Don’t panic. Dr. Frank and his team will make a plan for you based on your specific needs.
If your gum disease is in the early stages, you may only need SRP – scaling and root planning. SRP is a non-surgical gum treatment that cleans below the gums in deep pockets to reach and eradicate harmful bacteria. If your periodontitis is more serious, we will discuss the best treatment plan for you.
At Albany Smiles, we are highly experienced with every stage of gum disease. We’re here to help you heal and return you to complete oral health.