Periodontal dentistry is one of nine specialties that is recognized by Americsn Dental Association (ADA). It concentrates on treatment of soft tissue and bone that supports the teeth and jaw.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Also known as Gum Disease and caused by bacteria and plaque build up left untreated. It starts as gingivitis and if found right away can be treated before reaching Periodontal Disease and tooth loss. To prevent this from happening we recommend that you brush regularly and make regular 6 month visits with your dentist. Some common signs of Periodontal Disease are:
- Chronic bad breath
- Bleeding, red, irritated gums
- Loss of teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Receding gum line
- Abscesses teeth
Periodontal Disease can link to other things such as heart disease or even diabetes. If you are pregnant it can lead to premature birth or low birth weight.
Periodontal Disease can be treated and prevented. Ask your dentist what they think would be the best way for treatment. There are a variety of ways to treat Periodontal Diaease such as:
- Non-surgical treatment
- Periodontal surgery
- Periodontal therapy
- Dental implants
- At home care
Some things that will put you at risk for Periodontal Disease are:
- Being a smoker or using tobacco
- Not brushing or flossing regularly
- Not making routine visits to the dentist
- Health conditions (diabetes, heart conditions, osteoporosis)