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Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

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Periodontal disease symptoms don’t always seem alarming at first. Also called gum disease, the disease is common in both children and adults. Fortunately, periodontal disease treatments, offered by your Phoenix, AZ, dentists, Dr. Gary Steen, Dr. Linda Beguin, and Dr. Whitney Sebree, can help you protect your gums and teeth.

Why is periodontal disease dangerous?

Your teeth are held in place by gum tissue, ligaments, and bones. Periodontal disease not only damages your gums but can also affect bones and ligaments. Severe gum disease may cause your teeth to loosen or even fall out.

Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your oral health. If the bacterial infection that causes the disease spreads, your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and other health problems may increase. Luckily, gum disease treatment can help you avoid these serious consequences.

How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?

Gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, causes your gums to become red, tender, and swollen. Inflamed gums are painful and tend to bleed easily. You may see blood on dental floss or notice that your toothbrush looks pink, even though you used white toothpaste.

Other gingivitis symptoms include receding gums and chronic bad breath. Treatment for gingivitis is simple and involves a dental cleaning and better oral hygiene.

If gingivitis isn’t treated by your Phoenix dentist, you may develop the more severe form of periodontal disease. Pain, bleeding, bad breath and receding gums will continue and probably worsen. A deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar above and below your gum line can be helpful at this stage.

Eventually, you’ll notice pockets between your teeth and gums if your disease isn’t successfully treated. Bacteria collects in these deep spaces and soon begins to attack the structures that hold your teeth in place. At this stage, you may need surgery to close your pockets and gum and bone grafts to replace damaged or destroyed bone and gum tissue. Bridges, dentures or dental implants may be needed to restore lost teeth.

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

Good oral hygiene is a crucial factor in keeping your gums and teeth healthy. Brush twice daily for at least two minutes, and floss once a day. Be sure to visit the dentist every six months for dental cleanings. The cleanings remove plaque and tartar, two substances that are factors in periodontal disease.

Do any of these periodontal signs and symptoms sound familiar? Call your Phoenix, AZ, dentists, Drs. Gary Steen, Linda Beguin, and Whitney Sebree, at (602) 671-3956 to schedule an appointment.

Healthy Tooth Anatomy Illustration

Some people think that tooth decay is the only major concern when it comes to dental health. But the truth is that gum disease is one of 

the most prevalent and concerning problems for dental patients. Periodontal disease is a form of gum disease that could cause major, irreversible dental problems if it isn’t treated in a timely fashion. Treatment options are available from Dr. Linda Beguin or Dr. Gary Steen at CenterCare Dental Group in Phoenix, AZ.

Americans and Gum Disease
According to estimates from the CDC, nearly 50% of American adults struggle with some form of gum disease. Sometimes it’s the beginning stages (plaque buildup or gingivitis), but about 8.5 percent of cases are severe according to the American Academy of Periodontology. A severe case of gum disease is called periodontitis.

What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. The gums slowly detach from the teeth as bad bacteria multiplies. Bad bacteria thrive in the plaque and tartar that forms around the gumline, which is why it’s so important to floss and get regular dental cleanings. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

– Deep pockets around the gums – these pockets are supposed to support the teeth.
– Bleeding gums (especially when you brush).
– Swollen, painful areas of the gumline.
– Loosened or shifting teeth.
– Bad breath that doesn’t go away after gargling and brushing.

Treating Periodontitis
When you’re diagnosed with periodontal disease it is imperative that you seek treatment immediately. These are common periodontal therapies offered at CenterCare Dental Group in Phoenix, AZ:

– Scaling and root planing.
– Periodontal surgery to remove bad bacteria and diseased tissue.
– Antibiotic therapy (topical or oral). 

Get Your Healthy Gums Back
A dentist at CenterCare Dental Group in Phoenix, AZ may be able to help improve the health of your gums with periodontal therapy. Call (602) 671-3956 today to set up an examination with Dr. Linda Beguin or Dr. Gary Steen.

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