Periodontal Disease: One of Dentistry’s Most Common Dental Emergencies

Periodontal disease is an infection that can occur without giving warning signs and involves a devastating infection to your oral health. In addition, some studies suggest that gum disease is connected with the development of other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. There are many Dental emergencies out there, but this one can be deadly. This article explains the steps you need to take to identify, treat, prevent, and, ultimately, hold off periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?

To ward off periodontal disease, you should know what is exactly causing it. Periodontal disease is an infection of the ligaments that support the teeth in the mouth, i.e., the gums, the jawbone and periodontal ligaments. This mild infection usually starts as gingivitis and only affects the gums. If left untreated, it progresses to periodontitis, which affects bone and periodontal ligaments. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that are housed at the gum line and below it, creating periodontal pockets. These bacteria can deteriorate gum tissue and bone, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth.

What can you do to keep your gums healthy?

The disease is usually treated successfully. If you have periodontal disease, here are some tips to try to stop it:

• Use floss daily, it is the most lethal weapon for gum infection
• Brush your teeth twice a day with soft toothbrush filaments and fluoride toothpaste
• Visit your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings
• Use the products the dentist gives you
• Do not smoke

What happens to people with periodontal disease?

If left untreated, periodontal ligament and bone may be damaged, which may involve tooth movement and eventually tooth loss. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The good thing about all this is that it is a preventable infection if you take the necessary preventive measures. How is periodontal disease treated? The first step is usually a thorough dental cleaning. This will eliminate most bacteria that are damaging your gums. Your dentist may also give you a chlorhexidine rinse. Treatment depends on the severity of the case and may require surgery in severe cases.

Writen by Bradford Todd