Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is a chronic condition that begins subtly, but can lead to tooth loss and eventually increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Gum disease occurs when bacteria form pockets in the gums. Because the infection in chronic and progressive, at Value Dental Centers Mesa we take periodontitis very seriously and are fully equipped to to detect and treat gum disease. During your routine visit at our Mesa, AZ, office, if your dentist detects gum disease, he/she we will recommend scaling and root planing, a more in-depth cleaning for your teeth and gums. Because your overall care is important to us, we will also give you the tips and tools you need to maintain healthy gums at home.
Causes of Periodontitis
Do you know the number-one cause of gum disease? Poor dental care. That’s why at Value Dental Centers Mesa it is very important to us that you to receive routine exams and cleaning. Bacteria naturally occur inside your mouth; some are beneficial, some harmful. If harmful bacteria build up, gingivitis (mild inflammation) will begin along the gum line. If untreated, as the bacteria erode the soft tissues, pockets of infection will grow and your gums will begin to recede, leading to the exposure of your dental roots.
Many people undergo routine exams and cleanings, and still develop gum disease. It is important for you to understand the facts about gum disease. Some risk factors involve:
- Poor diet
- Compromised immune system
- Certain medications
- Using an albeuterol inhaler for asthma
- Hormone changes
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
The initial symptoms are subtle (bad breath and minor gum recession), but once full-on periodontitis begins, symptoms will become more easily detectable:
- Dental sensitivity
- Red, inflamed, and tender gums
- Significant bleeding when you brush/floss
- Loose teeth
- Changes in teeth spacing
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum recession (revealing teeth roots)
Treatment for Gum Disease
Initially, a routine dental cleaning will help hedge off the beginning stages of gum disease. But if you have periodontitis, we will treat you with a deep cleaning, which involves scaling and root planing. Scaling removes plaque and calculus from below the gumline, and root planing makes teeth roots smooth, so bacteria can’t find places to accumulate. A deep cleaning takes more time than a regular cleaning, and it may require multiple visits.
Because your long-term care is important to us, we will also provide you with the tools you need to manage your gum health at home. To avoid further flare-ups, it’s important that you brush and floss daily, use an antimicrobial mouthwash, schedule and show up for your routine dental exams and cleanings, and live a healthy lifestyle by avoiding smoking and limiting sugar and other simple starches.
After your deep cleaning, you’ll need to attend dental cleanings every three months, or as advised by the hygienist, so we can make sure your gums are healing properly.
Why Treating Gum Disease is Important
Oral health is a critical component to good overall health, as well as an attractive appearance and positive self-image. If periodontitis goes untreated, you are looking at a long list of risks. As the bacteria increase inside your mouth, gums can recede to the point that you lose teeth. In the most severe cases, jawbone necrosis occurs. But the ultimate risk of untreated periodontitis could lead to a heart attack or stroke, and loss of life. It may seem shocking, but your dentist could help extend your life with a simple routine exam.
Contact Us for More Information
Contact Value Dental Centers Mesa right away if you detect the symptoms of periodontitis. Our office serves families from Stapely, McKellips, and surrounding areas. We are here to help you.