Periodontal disease is one of the most common oral health issues that we see amongst our patients. The condition most often affects adults who are over 30 years old, but anyone can develop periodontal disease. Routine dental exams can help prevent periodontal disease.
Periodontal Disease Affects More Than Oral Health
We understand that going to the dentist twice a year for a cleaning may seem like a lot, but preventing periodontal disease is actually good for your health in general. Several studies have been conducted amongst men and women who have periodontal disease, and the results indicate periodontal disease is linked to heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and other medical conditions.
Bleeding Gums are Not Normal
Brushing and flossing your teeth should be relaxing and free of stress. Seeing blood when you take care of your teeth is not something that just happens. Bleeding gums are typically the first sign of periodontal disease.
The Damage is Permanent
Periodontal disease destroys the bone that holds your teeth in place. Scaling and root planning, a type of deep dental cleaning, can remove the bacteria and plaque below the gum line. Unfortunately, nothing can be done to restore the bone that is lost as a result of periodontal disease. Your tooth is more susceptible to problems in the future, and you may need to see a dentist as well as a periodontist for your cleanings. In some cases, this means having your teeth cleaned every three months instead of every six months.
Losing Your Teeth is Not Inevitable
Even though you have some bone loss around your teeth, you can save the affected tooth. You should ensure that you brush and floss at least twice each day, and your dentist may recommend small brushes that fit between your teeth. Once you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, start to pay close attention to any changes in your teeth.
Learn More About Periodontal Disease. Contact Dutch Neck Dental.
To learn more about treatment for periodontal disease, root canal therapy, teeth whitening and our other services, contact Dutch Neck Dental to schedule an appointment. Our office is conveniently located in East Windsor, New Jersey, and you can call us at (609) 448-7440.