How Do You Reduce the Risk of Periodontal Disease?

Studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, reveal that millions of Americans suffer from oral conditions such as periodontal disease. Without treatment, this disease can lead to a plethora of problems, including the loss of bone, gum tissue, and natural teeth. With proactive care, patients can keep periodontal disease away from their smile and enjoy better oral health and wellness. What steps can patients take to maintain their oral health? What can be done to keep periodontal disease from causing damage to the smile?

How periodontal disease develops

Periodontal disease develops when the soft tissues of the mouth, specifically the gums, become infected from bacteria. This infection causes inflammation that is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is characterized by plaque buildup due to poor oral hygiene habits. It may also be caused by genetics, illnesses, smoking, or pharmaceuticals. This inflammation causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets perfect for bacteria to grow. Patients with gingivitis notice their gums feeling sore and appearing red and inflamed. Seeking treatment at this point ensures a proper diagnosis and effective treatment. Gingivitis can be reversed, but if it continues without treatment, it can develop into the later stages of periodontal disease, which can only be controlled, not cured.

Dangers of periodontal disease

Once periodontal disease develops, patients can only manage the condition. Advanced stages of periodontal disease greatly impacts the connective tissue between the teeth and gums, causing teeth to become loose or lost. These problems are irreversible and require the care of a dental team to restore and repair.

How to prevent periodontal disease

The best way to maintain the health of the smile is by proactive dental care. Patients need to be serious about visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and evaluations. Patients should brush and floss after every meal to remove food particles and bacteria that can contribute to not only periodontal disease, but tooth decay. With proper care, patients can avoid the development of this condition and ensure better oral health and wellness for life!

Cedar Mountain Dental offers periodontal treatments for new and existing patients

Drs. Zach Korwin and Gary Toubman of Newington, CT are pleased to provide patients with periodontal treatment when problems arise. Call (860) 667-2600 today to schedule your appointment with our team, and visit us at 112 Market Square.

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