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Periodontal care is a subset of oral medicine that specializes in preventing and treating various periodontal diseases. Periodontal diseases are a range of diseases impacting the gums, surrounding tissue, and alveolar bones, the bones that support our gums and teeth. If left untreated, these diseases can even lead to the loss of teeth and the alveolar bones. HomeTown Dental at Alliance offers the best surgical and non-surgical treatment options relating to periodontal diseases.
The Importance of Periodontal Care
Nearly half of the adult population suffers from some form of periodontal disease, though only about 5% of these cases can be categorized as moderate or severe. In fact, several reports state that nearly 70% of the reported teeth loss in patients can be attributed to periodontal diseases. There are various factors which can increase the chances of contracting periodontal diseases. One of the most common factors is simply getting older. Lack of proper dental care also contributes to contracting these diseases. However, the most important factor is smoking, which is known to increase the risk of periodontal disease by more than two times the normal population.
When Are Early Symptoms of Periodontal Diseases?
Periodontal diseases have a wide range of consequences and in many severe cases they can manifest into problems which can impact your quality of life negatively. While a family dentist can treat the early symptoms of the various gum diseases, a periodontist is the best person to go to if you observe more serious symptoms such as when your teeth feel different while chewing, talking or brushing. A change in bite pattern is also a signal of long-term issues, and one should come seek help at our office as soon as possible. Another common telltale sign is if your gums bleed during brushing or flossing. If your teeth feel loose, it can be a sign of thinning bone, and one should get consultation. If your teeth look longer, it may be a sign of advanced stages of receding gums. If you feel pain or discomfort around your gums, it could be a sign of serious gum disease.
How Do You Take Care of Your Gums?
Periodontal diseases in their advanced stages cannot be reversed, and at this point our dentists are focusing on preventing further damage and trying to repair the damage already done. Knowing this, the best option is to maintain basic oral hygiene and prevent any periodontal disease from ever occurring in the first place. To avoid these diseases, it is best practice to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is good for your enamel and can help manage periodontal diseases. Floss at least once every day since brushing alone cannot remove things stuck in between your teeth. Manage your intake of sugary food and drinks since these foods promote the growth of plaque and is bad for your enamel. Rinse with mouthwash every day because mouthwash kills bacteria stuck to your teeth and gums. Drinking lots of water daily is also a great preventive measure for your oral health since water generally contains fluoride and is good for your enamel. Lastly, get regular checkups from dentists or periodontists. Often times our professionals will be able to catch these diseases before you have any noticeable symptoms and we can address them early.
If you think you might be suffering from a periodontal dieases or have any other general questions, please feel free to call HomeTown Dental at Alliance at (682) 312-6878 today.