The periodontium is the area of tissues and bones supporting the teeth and surrounding oral area. Periodontal disease occurs when this area becomes infected with disease. Patients experiencing this disease need someone to trust for treatment, as well as early detection and prevention. That’s where we come in. Periodontal disease is not something that disappears, and needs immediate attention from a dental professional in order to secure the safety of your oral hygiene and health.
What is periodontal disease?
Before we see periodontal disease in patients, plaque develops into a thicker substance called tartar when the gums are not properly cleaned near the teeth. When this occurs, the buildup of tartar leads to periodontal disease.
How do I treat my periodontal disease?
In its early stages, our dentists may recommend changes to your dental care routine and care. If serious enough, we may also recommend a treatment or procedure.
How do I know if I have periodontal disease?
There are sometimes major signs of periodontal disease, and others that don’t manifest in noticeable changes. They include:
- Receding -teeth may appear longer or more detached from the gums.
- Swollen -some areas of the mouth seem swollen while others do not.
- Sensitivity -when eating certain foods at various temperatures, this may cause discomfort in the mouth.
- Redness -gums that seem more red than normal or usual for a patient.
- Bleeding -sometimes this occurs when you brush too hard, but if it happens regularly, we need to know.
When you have continuous bad breath, even after brushing your teeth for the proper amount of time, this can sometimes be called halitosis. It’s a clear sign of periodontal disease, and can come with other notable changes in oral health:
- Changes in Teeth
- Sensitivity Changes
- Looseness of Teeth
If you visit the dentist regularly, periodontal disease can be discovered before causing long-lasting damage. Proper dental cleanings keep these diseases from occurring.
Lifetime Dental Excellence works with the most notable leading periodontal professionals in Clawson, Royal Oak, Troy, Madison Heights, Berkley, Birmingham, Huntington Woods, and surrounding areas to keep patients safe from periodontal disease.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We are always happy to help!