Strong healthy teeth make for a beautiful smile. The best way to keep gums and teeth in tip top condition is by visiting Donald E. Larson Dentistry in Eagle, Idaho. One of Dr. Larson’s specialties is the treatment and prevention of periodontitis.
Periodontitis is an infection of the gums. This is a serious condition that can damage the soft tissue surrounding the tooth. If left untreated, it may destroy the bones that hold up the teeth. When this happens, the teeth often become loose or even fall out.
What are the symptoms of Periodontitis
It is important to be aware of any changes to the teeth and gums and to watch for these periodontitis associated warning signs:
- Tender gums
- Bleeding when brushing
- Bad smelling breath
- Loose teeth
- Discolored gums
- Receding gums
What screenings are offered for Periodontitis
Periodontal screenings are an intricate part of the Eagle Dentistry prevention plan. At least once a year, the dentist will do a routine gum evaluation. They want to make sure that the gums and bone structure are healthy. The hygienist and dentist look for any receding gum lines or space between the tooth and gum. If the space is too large, bacteria can become trapped and grow.
What Treatments are Recommended for Periodontitis?
The first step is always prevention, but if it happens, the dentist can begin treating the problem. Reducing the bacteria is the first step. Always brush and floss according to directions. See the dentist regularly for deep cleanings. If the infection lingers, a course of antibiotics may be needed. Surgery may be recommended to clean under the gums. If the bones are deteriorating, they may require a bone grafting procedure.
What’s the best way to prevent Periodontitis?
Many people experience some form of periodontal problems in their lifetime. The key is to visit the dentist and catch it early. Good oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings help keep periodontitis at bay. If it has been over a year since your last dental appointment you should be seen soon. Call us and set up an appointment and we can help screen for periodontitis.