Periodontal Disease Explained

Tooth loss is something we all want to avoid. From difficulty chewing to an unflattering appearance, there are a number of reasons we wish to keep our teeth intact. The leading cause of tooth loss in America is periodontal disease, and avoiding it can have a dramatic effect on the condition and health of your teeth.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammatory condition caused by bacteria. In fact, more than 80% of Americans suffer from periodontal disease of some form or another. This makes preventing it even more essential as it is more common than you might think.

At Desoto Family Dental Care in Hernando, MS, we aim to rid our lovely town of periodontal disease. Before you call to make your next dental appointment with us, let our knowledgeable staff fill you in on the symptoms of periodontal disease and how we can treat it.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

The first step in combating periodontal disease is to recognize the signs and symptoms of such. At our Hernando, MS dental care office, we check every one of our patients for the signs of periodontal disease during every appointment. Some of the signs of periodontal disease are:

  • Swollen and Bleeding Gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Halitosis (Bad Breath)
  • Abscesses
  • Receding Gums

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is imperative that you call our Hernando dental office to schedule an appointment. As the disease progresses, damage can be done to your jaw bone. This can cause major tooth loss and other dental issues to occur.

Treatments for Periodontal Disease

Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, we can use a variety of different treatment options. For less severe cases, like gingivitis, we can remove plaque and tartar from the gumline. If the disease has spread below the gums, we will need to clean out the infection from the root of your teeth.

We only offer non-surgical options for periodontal treatment, so if your condition has worsened we can recommend seeing a specialist for further surgical treatment. In short, it is better to prevent periodontal disease from developing than it is to have it treated. Proper oral hygiene is a must to prevent plaque and tartar build-up that allows bacteria to grow.

Contact Desoto Family Dentistry Today!

If you have noticed any of the symptoms listed above, then you might be developing a form of periodontal disease. Luckily, Desoto Family Dental Care in Hernando, MS can help treat the issue. If the disease has progressed too far, we will recommend you to a specialist for further treatment, however, we are usually able to treat most forms of periodontal disease.

You can contact us here by filling out the form on the right-hand side or give our dental care office a call at 662.429.5239 to schedule an appointment today!