Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
Early and moderate periodontal disease may exhibit few, if any, symptoms. However, warning signs of advanced periodontal disease may include:
Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
Persistent bad breath
Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
At this stage, gums recede further and separate from the tooth. If left untreated, gum infection can damage the bone and supporting tissues.
Checking for periodontal disease
During each routine check-up, your dentist will examine you for periodontal disease. A periodontal probe is used to determine if there is any breakdown in the gum tissue attachment or if pockets have developed between your gums and teeth.
Treating and preventing periodontal disease
Treatment will depend on the type of periodontal disease, and how far the condition has progressed. If deep pockets are found and bone has been destroyed, your dentist may recommend referral to a periodontist.
To help protect against periodontal disease, it is key to prevent the build-up of plaque. Remember to have regular professional cleanings in addition to brushing and flossing every day. To experience a new level of personalised care, join the family at Absolute Dental Care.