You may have heard the term “periodontal” before, but what does it mean? It means “around teeth,” so periodontal dentistry cares for what’s around your teeth, like your gums. Periodontal disease is the fancy name for gum disease. It’s very common, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to get it treated. How do you know if you have periodontal disease?
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease occurs as a result of poor oral hygiene. When you don’t practice good brushing and flossing, bad bacteria build up in the form of plaque and tartar. That buildup causes gum problems like tenderness, swelling, and bleeding. At some point in their lives, pretty much everybody experiences this first stage of gum disease known as “gingivitis.” If caught early on, it can be easily reversed. That’s why it’s so important to get regular comprehensive care at a dental practice like Stono Dental Care.
What Happens When You Don’t Get Treatment
If you don’t address gingivitis, periodontal disease will only get worse. Your gums can start to pull away from your teeth, leaving deep pockets where more bacteria can live. As your gums pull away, your teeth will look longer. Other symptoms include tooth pain, bleeding, loose teeth, and persistent bad breath. Eventually, all the bacteria buildup leads to infections, tooth loss, and bone loss. Periodontal disease is the #1 reason for adult tooth loss.
Getting Treatment at Stono Dental Care
At this point, you’re probably asking yourself, “Do I have periodontal disease?” The only way to know for sure is to come to the office for an exam. We have services for every stage of periodontal disease, starting with a deep gum cleaning. If you’re concerned about pain, we offer anesthetics and sedation. No matter where your gum health is, Dr. Game and the team can help! Contact us to make an appointment at our Johns Island dental office.