Before you undergo that cosmetic dental procedure, your dentist will want to examine your mouth to ensure that your teeth and gums are in tip-top shape. At our offices, Dr. Braverman is an expert at using periodontal treatment as a way to keep his patients free of gum disease. If you’re not familiar with periodontal disease, here are some quick facts.
What is It?
Periodontal disease, which is also known as periodontitis and gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss. With it, the gums that surround a tooth or teeth become inflamed and diseased, and the subsequent toxins destroy the tissue and bone in the mouth. Prior to full-blown periodontal disease, a patient will typically develop Gingivitis, which is a bacterial infection of the gums.
What are the Symptoms?
Luckily there are signs that you and your dentist can watch for that will indicate that you may be in need of periodontal treatment. Some of them are:
- You have bad breath
- Your gums are red or swollen or are very sensitive
- Your gums bleed when you brush your teeth
- Your teeth are loose or seem to have shifted
- The roots of your teeth have become exposed
- There is pus coming from your gums, typically in a pocket between your gums and teeth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should call our offices and schedule an appointment with Dr. Braverman. If he detects gum disease, he’ll recommend that you undergo periodontal treatment.
What Causes It?
There are a wide variety of things that can contribute to gum disease, some of which you may not have control over. They are:
- Poor dental hygiene. It’s important to keep your mouth clean by regularly brushing and flossing. In addition, you’ll need to have regular teeth cleanings performed by your dentist in order to remove plaque. If you don’t, you could develop gingivitis, which could lead to periodontal disease.
- Some medications. If your medication causes dry mouth, the reduction of saliva could lead to gum disease. In addition, certain medications may cause the gums to grow abnormally and that can be a factor in periodontal problems.
- Changes in life. When your hormones or metabolism changes, such as when you’re pregnant, going through menopause or in puberty, the balance in your mouth changes and could make you more prone to gum disease.
- Some Illnesses. People who suffer from diabetes or kidney disease, or have suffered a stroke or heart attack are more likely to develop periodontal disease.
- Teeth Grinding. If you grind your teeth or are in the habit of clenching your jaw, you could impair the tissue surrounding the teeth, and that could lead to the disease.
Contact us today if you need periodontal disease. It’s a good idea to clear your mouth of all problems before you get started on any cosmetic dental procedure.