Do you think you have Periodontal Disease?

Here are some of the symptoms that are associated with
periodontal disease:
 
•Gums that bleed easily
•Red, swollen, or tender gums
•Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
•Pus between the teeth when the gums are pressed
•Persistent bad breath or bad taste
•Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
•Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
•Any change in the fit of partial dentures
•Spaces that have developed between your teeth
•Sores developing in your mouth


Causes of Periodontal Disease:
Periodontal disease is mainly caused by bacterial plaque, which is a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth.  There are other factors, such as the following that also affect the health of your gums.

Smoking/Tobacco Use
Tobacco users are at an increased risk for periodontal disease.  Recent studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease

Stress
Stress is linked to many serious conditions such as hypertension, cancer, and numerous other health problems.  Stress is also a risk factor for periodontal disease. Research demonstrates that stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including periodontal diseases.

Diseases
Diseases such as diabetes, can lower your body's ability to fight infection, making periodontal diseases more severe.

Medications
Medications such as steroids, some types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medications can affect your oral health.  Also, medications that reduce your salivary flow can result in a chronically dry mouth, which can irritate your oral soft tissues.  Let your dentist know about your medications and update your medical history files at the dental office when any changes occur.

How can I prevent periodontal disease?
Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth twice a day can remove plaque from the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of each tooth.  Your dentist or dental hygienist can show you a proper brushing technique.  Also, using toothpaste containing fluoride will help protect your teeth against cavities.
Clean Between Your Teeth
You should use dental floss or another interdental cleaner to remove plaque from areas your toothbrush can't reach.  You can also try using mouth rinse to get in between your teeth where brushing and flossing might not reach.

Choosing Dental Products
When choosing dental products, look for those that display the
American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance. 
These products have met ADA standards of safety and effectiveness.
 
How can Periodontal Disease be treated?
Each patient will be carefully evaluated with a detailed history of previous and current problems, medical problems and medications, radiographic(x-ray) analysis, etc. Depending on the nature, severity and contributing causes, a specific protocol for the individual patient treatment will be discussed and given to the patient. Detailed reports will also be sent to referring dentists and appropriate medical specialists when indicated.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease (gum disease) is an inflammatory erosion of the jawbone, that when left untreated can lead to progressive loosening and eventual loss of teeth.
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