Periodontal Disease Symptoms
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common oral health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. This condition is caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth and gums, which leads to inflammation, bleeding, and eventually, tooth loss. If left untreated, periodontal disease can also increase the risk of other health problems, such as heart disease and stroke.
The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable with proper oral hygiene and regular periodontal cleanings. During a periodontal cleaning, the dentist or hygienist removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums, helping to reduce the risk of gum disease.
Periodontal cleanings are typically performed once every six months, but the frequency may vary depending on the individual patient’s needs. During the appointment, the dentist or hygienist will use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums, paying extra attention to the areas where plaque tends to build up, such as along the gum line and between the teeth.
In addition to regular periodontal cleanings, there are several steps that patients can take to prevent periodontal disease and keep their gums healthy. These steps include:
- Brushing and flossing regularly. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day helps remove plaque from the teeth and gums, reducing the risk of gum disease.
- Eating a healthy diet. A diet that is high in fiber, fruits, and vegetables and low in sugar and processed foods can help maintain oral health and reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
- Quitting smoking. Smoking is a major risk factor for periodontal disease, and quitting can greatly reduce the risk of gum disease and other oral health problems.
- Reducing stress. Stress has been linked to a variety of oral health problems, including periodontal disease. Finding ways to manage stress, such as through exercise, meditation, or therapy, can help maintain oral health.
By taking these steps and scheduling regular periodontal cleanings, patients can help prevent periodontal disease and keep their gums healthy for years to come.
If you’re due for a periodontal cleaning, or if you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as red, swollen, or bleeding gums, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bayme today to learn more about how periodontal cleanings can help prevent periodontal disease and keep your gums healthy. Dr. Bayme will provide a thorough examination, diagnose any issues, and create a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.