Periodontal Disease is commonly known as gum disease and generally occurs from sporadic or non-existent mouth care.
Brushing and flossing together remove plaque build-up that happens naturally. The plaque occurs from mouth bacteria that accumulates during the day. Food and drink especially foster plaque.
Gums can become swollen as bacteria forms in the mouth. This can cause a variety of issues. Chewing can become difficult or hurt. The gums may bleed or constant bad breath can plague the affected mouth. Teeth may eventually even loosen because of the swollen gums.
These symptoms are scary, but luckily they can be prevented. Outside of daily brushing and flossing, it is important to go to the dentist. Seeing a professional for a cleaning is important because spots are often missed during a personal cleaning.
Lifestyle choices put a person in greater risk of periodontal disease. Smoking dries the mouth and creates extra bacteria. Also, hormonal changes from pregnancy or other bodily adaptations may have an effect. Finally, diseases such as diabetes can lead to periodontitis. Taking extra care under these circumstances can prevent periodontal disease.
If things get very serious, bone loss may start to occur. X-rays will detect this bone loss. If bone loss occurs, your dentist can work with you to improve lifestyle and prevent further degradation.
It is important to recognize symptoms of common dental problems before they escalate to a painful disease. According to a study from the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly one in two adults in the United States suffers from periodontal disease.
To manage this trend, Studio City Dental Center is extending periodontitis checks to new and existing patients. With the proper preventative care, you can take every measure to prevent widespread implants or dentures in Studio City. Contact us at Studio City Dental Center for help.