Dealing With Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease should not be taken lightly mainly because if it is left untreated and gets to an advanced stage it is irreversible. The best treatment for periodontal disease is periodontal therapy and even before that prevention and recognizing the symptoms of periodontal disease. Anyone can become at risk for periodontal disease but learning what this risk factors are and how to avoid them is good for oral health.

Who Is Most at Risk?
The Center for Disease Control estimates that about half of adults have periodontitis, which is also known as an advanced form of gingivitis and that figure increases to 70 percent for adults over 65. Other at risk groups include anyone who falls into any of the listed categories below:

  • Consume tobacco products
  • Have diabetes
  • Clench or grind their teeth
  • Have a history of poor oral hygiene
  • Have a familial history of gum disease
  • Are pregnant
  • Have prescriptions for certain medications

Signs of Periodontal Disease
There are various signs of periodontal disease and it’s important to be aware of them. If you’re experiencing gum inflammation and swelling these are the first warning signs of gum disease. Review the other signs of periodontal disease below that begin around the neglected areas: 

  • Consistent bad breath
  • Oral sores
  • Loose or lost teeth
  • Receding gum lines
  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Bleeding during oral care

If you have these advanced symptoms, consult an oral healthcare professional immediately because they have the advanced technology to examine and diagnose you professionally.

Preventative Care
If you practice preventative care, then it is possible to observe any early warning signs of gum disease and to prevent it from developing if you do have it. Also, brushing and flossing on a regular basis and daily is a huge part of preventative care. In addition, rinsing out your mouth twice a day in addition to brushing and flossing will be very beneficial for your oral health.

Make an Appointment Today
If you are concerned about your gum health or think you may have developed periodontal disease, then the best thing would be for you to schedule a consultation with your dentist