Periodontitis and Gum Disease

Many dental problems can be attributed to periodontitis and gum disease. The condition is actually a set of diseases, which will progress to the loss of the alveolar bone as well as the tooth itself. The diseases are broken down into seven categories, some of which are known as destructive periodontal disease. This is because the damage done to your gums and soft tissue can’t be undone. Common signs and symptoms of periodontitis include redness, bleeding, and swelling of the gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and gingival recession. If you are experiencing these symptoms, make an appointment with a Fifth Avenue periodontist. You may not experience any pain, but that doesn’t mean the symptoms aren’t there. Don’t assume they are insignificant.

While it’s not difficult to contract periodontitis, preventing periodontitis is not difficult either. First and foremost, proper dental hygiene is key. Regularly brushing your teeth, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash will help a great deal. It will kill quite a bit of the bacteria, which cause gingivitis and other periodontitis conditions. You should also keep up with regular dental appointments. A dental hygienist will be able to clean and debride your teeth below the gumline. While a dental hygienist usually can’t treat advanced cases of periodontitis and gum disease, they can recommend a Fifth Avenue periodontist for the condition.

Treating periodontitis starts by improving your dental hygiene routine; brushing twice a day and flossing is very important. A Fifth Avenue periodontist will remove any microbial plaque through a process known as scaling and debridement. The process may take a few visits, as a periodontist will want to get it all. During each visit, you’ll be reevaluated to determine how much more treatment will be necessary. If there are any other needs throughout this process, like bite realignment to reduce pressure on tissue around the weakened teeth, it’s important to get that done properly as well.

Periodontitis and gum disease can get very problematic if it isn’t prevented or treated right away. Preventing periodontitis is actually very easy; it’s treating periodontitis as it’s advanced that becomes difficult. A Fifth Avenue periodontist takes great care throughout your treatment to make sure as much of the plaque is removed as possible and that the scaling process is done correctly. They prefer minimally invasive dentistry to ensure an easier healing time for you.


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