Providing Relief from Periodontal Disease
Over 45% of U.S. adults have moderate to severe periodontal disease. Periodontal disease ranges from a mild inflammation of the gum tissues to periodontitis, a Major oral disease that can result in soft tissue and bone damage and even tooth loss. Our experienced Shelby Township dentist provides periodontal treatments to new and existing patients suffering from periodontal (gum) disease.
Primary Cause of Gum Disease
One of the significant causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene habits. Daily brushing, flossing, and regular professional exams and cleanings are essential to optimal oral health. Plaque can form on the teeth and along the gumline when these practices are not followed. If this plaque is not removed correctly, it may harden and become tartar. Once that occurs, only a dental professional can remove tartar from teeth.
If gum disease is not treated promptly, tartar may continue to build. When this occurs, the gum disease may advance. Gums redden, swell, and become prone to bleeding from everyday activities, such as brushing or eating. At this point, professional periodontal treatment is needed to prevent the disease from advancing further.
Treating on time
When periodontal disease is not treated on time, it may become periodontitis. Periodontitis is the most advanced form of periodontal disease. With periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth, creating small “pockets” along the gumline. These spaces are challenging to clean without professional intervention and can rapidly worsen oral health. Without prompt and thorough treatment, bone, gums, and soft tissues may be destroyed by periodontitis. One of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults is periodontal disease.
The most common factors contributing to periodontal disease development include poor oral hygiene habits, diabetes, smoking, and female hormonal changes. Some medications can cause gum tissue to develop abnormal tissues, which can increase difficulty in proper cleaning of the teeth. People who are receiving treatment for AIDS are also at increased risk of developing periodontal disease.
Our doctor has the training and experience to diagnose and treat every stage of periodontal disease. If you have symptoms of periodontal disease, contact our Shelby Township office to schedule a consultation. Some symptoms include chronic halitosis (bad breath), sensitive teeth, red or swollen gums, sensitive or bleeding gums, and difficulty or pain with chewing. Our Shelby Township dentist provides excellent periodontal care for our patients and welcomes new patient consultations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our dental office.