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Resolve to Get a Grip on Periodontal Disease

Jun 01, 2019

The new year is always an excellent time to get your oral health in order and improve the health of your teeth and gums. The dental professionals at Brechon Dental can treat a myriad of dental issues and diseases, but you can get a drip on your oral health and prevent periodontal disease from wreaking havoc in the mouth.

What Exactly Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is caused when harmful bacteria are in the mouth. The early stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, should be treated by a dental professional. When gingivitis is present in the mouth, this is often due to inadequate brushing and flossing as well as going significant amounts of time without dental care.

Without care from your local dentist, dental plaque will start to build up in the mouth and stick to the mouth as well as the area below the gum line, causing bleeding as well as swelling and some tenderness. As the disease progresses, the gums will start to pull away from teeth and their stability will be compromised. Without prompt treatment, teeth may loosen and fall out of the mouth.

There are some risk factors for developing periodontal disease, including:

  • Hygiene
  • Certain medications
  • Dryness in the mouth
  • Bridges that are not fitted properly
  • Hormonal changes
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Disorders of the immune system
  • Crooked teeth
  • Smoking

Treating Periodontal Disease

You can combat periodontal disease by brushing your teeth and making sure to floss each day. Visiting your Brechon Dental professional can also help control gingivitis in its early stages, but later stages of periodontal disease may need deep cleanings as well as a course of antibiotics. In extreme cases, surgery is needed to correct the damage done by periodontal disease.

If you’re concerned about the health of your teeth, this is your year to get your oral health in order and practice better hygiene habits to prevent gingivitis as well as periodontal disease and other oral health conditions from forming. To get an assessment of your teeth and gums, schedule an appointment in our clinic today.

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