While many patients focus on the appearance and health of their teeth, the foundation of any healthy smile begins with the gums. When gums become infected and inflamed, they’re suffering from a condition known as periodontal disease. This condition can range from mild inflammation all the way to serious cases that lead to loss of teeth and even bones in the mouth and jaw.
The disease can progress quickly, especially when it goes untreated. That’s why it’s vital for everyone to get regular dental checkups and cleanings to both keep the mouth free from conditions that can lead to periodontal disease and to catch it early if it begins to develop. It’s especially important to schedule frequent checkups if you belong to a high-risk group, which can include having conditions like diabetes, taking certain medications, smoking, or having family members with the disease.
How to Know if You Have Periodontal Disease
While many cases of periodontal disease progress quickly, others may take months or even years to become obvious. However, the disease rarely develops without causing symptoms, which can include:
- Bad breath
- Inflamed and bleeding gums
- Pain when eating and chewing
- Shifting and loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Disappearing gum-line
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact us right away. Early prevention and detection are key for minimizing the damage that periodontal disease can cause.
We Can Diagnose and Treat Periodontal Disease
If you suspect that you or a family member have periodontal disease, Dr. Hnarakis is a board certified Periodontist who can diagnose early and advanced-stage gum disease by:
- Checking for signs of inflammation
- Inspecting pockets around teeth using special devices
- X-raying the mouth to determine if bone or tooth loss is occurring
After a thorough inspection of your mouth and gums, we can begin treatment right away if determine that you’ve developed periodontal disease. Our treatment plan varies depending on the severity of the condition and how far it has progressed. Mild cases may need only a deep cleaning and the use of antibiotics, while moderate and severe cases may require surgical intervention.
Don’t Be a Victim of Periodontal Disease
Proactive care is the best way to keep gum disease at bay for you and your loved ones. As Sango’s premiere family dentistry practice, we’ll be happy to evaluate your family for signs of periodontal disease and begin an effective treatment regimen. Schedule an appointment today.