Understanding Periodontal Disease

Do you have bad breath that just won’t go away no matter how much you brush? Do your teeth feel loose? Do you see more of your teeth than you used to? These are just a few of the symptoms of periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease. Periodontal disease is the loss of bone around your teeth. Your teeth are surrounded by bone and attach to the bone via a ligament called the periodontal ligament. In the early stages of periodontal disease, bacteria attack the periodontal ligament which causes separation from the bone. As more of the ligament is lost, the bone surrounding the tooth starts to deteriorate. This process often takes years and can be painless until it is too late.

How do we treat periodontal disease? The key to treatment is cleaning the bacteria out of those hard to reach areas. To do this, we perform scaling and root planning also known as a deep cleaning. During this appointment, we clean the areas surrounding the tooth and go underneath the gum tissue to remove the bacteria. For patient comfort, we can use of a topical gel we place around each tooth, which is pain free.

How do you prevent periodontal disease? A key element to treating and preventing periodontal disease is to have a good routine at home. This means, brushing 2-3 times a day, flossing daily and using adequate mouth rinses (prescription or over the counter).

Have you seen the dentist recently? Be sure to see your dentist every 6 months or sooner to properly clean your teeth and prevent periodontal disease. Give us a call 317-887-0700 or make an appointment online at KumferFamilyDental.com.

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