Periodontal Disease Treatment Options
Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health problems for American adults (and the most common oral health problem in women). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that half of adults over the age of 30 suffer from some form of gum disease, ranging from gingivitis (mild) to periodontitis (severe), which can lead to tooth loss and other oral and general health problems. Dr. Bennett and Lynette Smith, dentists at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, recommend visiting the dentist every six months for a dental exam and professional cleaning to help prevent the onset of periodontal disease, and to treat symptoms before they have a chance to progress.
Periodontal Disease Diagnosis and Treatment in Mount Airy, NC
There are a number of treatment options for periodontal disease depending on the severity and stage. The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush your teeth thoroughly two to three times per day, and floss every day. A healthy diet is also an important part of maintaining good oral health. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of gum disease is also important. The most common symptoms include:
- Gum inflammation (tender, red, swollen, and bleeding gums)
- Chronic bad breath
- Receding gums
- Signs of infection (pus/discharge) around the teeth and gums
- Loose teeth
- Bite and alignment changes
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
For mild to moderate cases of gum disease, the dentist may recommend a procedure known as scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning treatment that removes plaque and tartar buildup between the teeth and gums. If a pocket has formed between the teeth and gums, you may need a pocket reduction procedure (also known as flap surgery) to secure the gum tissue to the tooth and prevent bacteria from forming. Gum recession that exposes the root or bone loss are treated with grafts to restore lost bone and gum tissue.
Find a Dentist in Mount Airy, NC
For more information about gum disease prevention and treatment, contact Blue Ridge Dental by calling (336) 789-5306 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ben or Dr. Lyn today.