Periodontal Disease or Periodontitis is a serious infection of the gums that can damage or deteriorate gums or bones within the mouth. Periodontal issues develop overtime due to poor flossing habits or oral healthcare. Advanced periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. Once you have been clinically diagnosed as having periodontal disease, there is very little that can be done to reverse gum or bone loss. What periodontal care does is help preserve what you have and prevent further deterioration of gum and bone through regular maintenance. Periodontal patients usually require at least 4 cleanings a year and more concentrated care around their gums. The best way to avoid periodontitis is to floss regularly and visit your dentist consistently. Again, Periodontal disease is progressive and doesn’t happen overnight. If your dentist mentions that you should commit to flossing more regularly, it is because he or she wants to help prevent periodontitis before it starts!
Optimal periodontal care is fundamental to the health and longevity of your smile. If you have been recommended to receive periodontal care, our DentFirst periodontists will work with you to help prevent further degeneration of existing gum tissue and bone. We understand that this might be a daunting diagnosis, but it doesn’t have to be. The sooner you are able to receive the treatment you need, the greater the chance you will avoid serious complications due to advanced Periodontal Disease. Our DentFirst Periodontal doctors and team members will ensure that you get the care and treatment you need. If you would like to learn more about periodontal disease and treatment options, please call our location nearest you.