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Periodontal Disease is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports the teeth. Periodontal Disease can cause tooth loss or an increased risk of heart attack or stroke and other serious health problems. Some of the signs and symptoms of Periodontal Disease include swollen gums, loose teeth, and bad breath, pus between the teeth and gums, red gums, and many more.
HOW IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
The dentist will take an x-ray to see whether there is any bone loss. The doctor may refer to a periodontist. Periodontists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and may provide treatment options that are not offered by the dentist.
HOW IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE TREATED?
The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good daily care at home. The doctor may also suggest changing certain behaviors, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve treatment outcome. The treatment of periodontal disease begins with the removal of subgingival calculus (tartar) and biofilm deposits. A dental hygienist procedure called scaling and root planing is the common first step in addressing periodontal problems, which seeks to remove calculus by mechanically scraping it from tooth surfaces.
DID YOU KNOW?
Many adults in the USA suffer from Periodontal Disease