In the United States, there are about 45% of people who have periodontal disease. The various forms of periodontal disease range from mild inflammation of the gum tissues to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease that can affect soft tissue and lead to tooth loss. With our experienced dentist, we treat both new and existing patients suffering from periodontal (gum) disease.
Gum disease is often caused by a lack of proper oral hygiene practices. Maintaining optimal oral health requires daily brushing and flossing and regular exams and dental cleanings by a professional. Plaque can form on the teeth when these practices are not followed. The plaque may harden over time and turn into tartar if it isn’t properly removed. Once that has occurred, a dental professional should be consulted to remove tartar from teeth.
Tartar may continue to build up if gum disease is not treated promptly. If this happens, gum disease may progress. Without proper oral hygiene can cause the gums to swell, bleed, and redden. To prevent the disease from progressing, professional periodontal treatment is required.
Periodontitis occurs when periodontal disease is not treated. Periodontitis is a more effective form of periodontitis. Periodontitis causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating small “pockets” along the gum line. Without professional assistance, these spaces are challenging to clean and can quickly deteriorate the mouth’s health. A periodontal infection may destroy bone, gums, and soft tissues without prompt and thorough treatment. In adults, periodontal disease is among the leading causes of tooth loss.
Poor oral hygiene habits, diabetes, smoking, and hormonal changes in women are the most common factors contributing to periodontal disease. It can be more challenging to clean your teeth properly if your gums develop abnormal tissues due to medications. The risk of periodontal disease increases for people receiving treatment for AIDS.
We have a trained and experienced periodontist in 20602 who is trained in diagnosing and treating all stages of periodontal disease. Contact our office for a consultation if you are experiencing periodontal symptoms. The following symptoms may occur: Chronic halitosis (bad breath), sensitive teeth, swollen or red gums, sensitive or bleeding gums, and difficulty chewing. Our periodontist offers excellent periodontal care to patients and welcomes new patients for a consultation. Call our Waldorf, MD periodontics office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.