Here at Roseville Dental Practice, we work hard to prevent periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is very common in adults. It is caused by the bacteria in our mouth that forms form plaque on our teeth. Without routine brushing and flossing, it continues to build up, forming tartar. This can lead to inflammation of the gums (Gingivitis) which can lead to shrinkage of the bone and supporting structures of the teeth (Periodontitis)
People with periodontal disease can have red and swollen gums that often bleed quite easily. It may be hard to eat because their teeth are so sensitive. They may be missing teeth. Some people with periodontal disease have very bad breath.
We diagnose periodontal disease by examining your teeth. We also use a probe to look for any problem areas. X-rays are also necessary to diagnose the disease.
A good professional cleaning is necessary to remove the tartar from your mouth and underneath your gums to disturb the plaque bacteria. Periodontitis cannot be cured but it can be controlled in most cases. It is essential for you to follow your dentists’ advice and clean your teeth to an excellent standard – most of the success of the treatment is in your hands! Sometimes it is not easy to control the inflammation and it may be necessary for you to be treated by a specialist.
Once your periodontal disease is under control, good home care with brushing and flossing should help to keep it from coming back.
If you are concerned that you may have periodontal disease, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 01902 678202. We will get you in for an examination as soon as possible.