Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease is probably a phrase you have heard before. But what is it, and how is it treated? At Hart Dental Group, we serve individuals and families in Upper Arlington and Grandview, and we can provide you with the timely, responsive care you deserve.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection that affects the structures supporting your teeth. It starts as gingivitis, progressing to periodontitis if left untreated.
When we mention gingivitis, we are talking about inflammation of your gum tissue. You might notice red or swollen gums, or you might notice that your gums bleed when you brush and floss.
If gingivitis is allowed to worsen, you may eventually develop periodontitis. This means that your oral issues have progressed to include not only the gum tissue but also the bone underneath. Dr. Hart can work with you to effectively treat and prevent periodontal disease.
The Signs of Periodontal Disease
Like other oral health issues, periodontal disease can present in various ways. A few of the most common symptoms include:
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Gums bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Changes in your bite
If you notice these symptoms, Dr. Hart can provide a comprehensive evaluation.
How a Dentist Treats Periodontal Disease
The treatment process depends on the disease stage, but the main goal is to halt its progression and reverse any damage. A few potential treatment options include:
- Scaling and root planing: A deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, smoothening the root surfaces.
- Medication: Antibiotics or antimicrobial mouthwashes to control bacterial infection.
- Surgery: For advanced cases, periodontal surgery or tissue grafts might be necessary.
Dr. Hart will work with you to customize your treatment plan.
How Can I Prevent Periodontal Disease?
Prevention is the best way to prevent periodontal disease from developing. A few key habits to protect your pearly whites and ensure healthy gums include:
- Brush thoroughly: Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Don’t forget to brush along the gum line as well. Angle the bristles away from the gum line to remove food debris.
- Floss daily: It’s crucial to clean between your teeth, and be sure to move the floss along the edges of both teeth in each gap.
- Mouthwash: Use an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill bacteria.
- Healthy diet: Eat nutritious foods and limit sugary snacks.
- Regular dental checkups: Visit Hart Dental Group for routine cleanings and exams. You recommend that you schedule an appointment at least once every six months.
By following these tips, you can reduce your chances of developing periodontal disease.
Rely on Hart Dental Group in Upper Arlington and Grandview
When it comes to periodontal disease, Hart Dental Group is here to help you. We provide state-of-the-art technology, flexible scheduling, and comprehensive dental care to address all of your concerns. It would be our pleasure to help you treat and prevent periodontal disease, so schedule an appointment today by calling us at (614) 486-1123.