Deer Park Texas: Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a very serious health concern that that affects almost half of the U.S. population. In addition to causing bad breath and severe pain, it can lead to teeth shifting and eventually falling out. Periodontal disease occurs as the result of a chronic bacterial infection that starts in the gum area. It is very important for anyone suffering from any type of disease of the gums to seek treatment from a qualified dentist. The sooner treatment is started the less damage will be done.
The most common symptom of disease is areas that are swollen, red, and inflamed. They are often sore to the touch and the area hurts when you brush your teeth. The gums often bleed during brushing and when you eat hard foods. If you don’t get treatment the plaque will continue to move further into the gum lines. It will eventually cause the teeth to decay, get loose, and fall out.
There is a very serious risk of infection from gum disease that you need to be aware of. As the disease progresses, pockets form between the teeth creating a reservoir of bacteria.
The culprits responsible for disease in the gums is bacteria and plaque, but even those individuals who brush properly can develop problems. Individuals who smoke or use other tobacco products have the highest risk of this disease.
It can also be heredity in about 1/3 of cases. There are many new procedures in dental care for those who have a high risk of gum disease because their parents or other family members have dealt with it. For such individuals, preventative care is very important as well as regular checkups. Dr. Nugent will recommend them to come in for cleanings and evaluations every three months instead of the normal six month span.
Changes that take place in the body can cause a person to suffer from gum disease. Young men and women sometimes experience it as they progress into puberty. Women are especially at risk of gum disease during pregnancy due to all the changes in the body. Women also have problems with this disease as they deal with menopause.
Men also have to worry about this disease. Stress is a high factor that can lead to gum disease and both men and women in our society have plenty of stress to contend with. This is because the body has less of a defense mechanism against infections and germs when the individual is under stress.
We also live in a society where most of us don’t eat a balanced diet. Too much sugary foods and too much time in between brushing the plaque off of teeth is the perfect combination for gum disease to occur. Individuals who are undernourished can also suffer from gum disease.
Medical illnesses can cause the body to not be able to get rid of the bacteria that causes plaque to build up. The most common one is diabetes. While there are medications to control such illnesses and diseases, sometimes it is the medication that leads to the gum disease.
When should you go to a dentist in Sydney to treat gum disease?
Gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease, is common in Sydney and affects a lot of people. It is caused by bacteria that get into the gums and other tissues that support and surround the teeth and attack them.
If gum disease is not handled, it can lead to a wide range of oral health problems, such as tooth loss and damage to the bone. Here are some signs that you need to see Dr. Nugent’s office to treat gum disease.
Your gums are red and swollen, and they bleed easily.
Inflamed gums are caused by the bacteria that cause gingivitis. If you don’t treat swollen gums, they can cause pockets around the teeth, which can cause you to lose teeth. People with swollen gums should call our office.
If your gums are inflamed, they may look more red than pink. When you brush or floss your teeth, your gums may hurt or feel sore, and they may bleed easily.
You have halitosis (bad breath)
The truth is that billions of germs live in your mouth. And if you don’t brush your teeth often, the germs in your mouth feed on the plaque that builds up. The more plaque you have, the more germs can grow, which makes your breath smell bad.
So, the more of that you have, the more bacteria you have in your mouth, which makes your breath smell bad. This is because germs give off toxins that can make your gums and teeth hurt and smell bad.
Bad breath is a sign that your gums are sick. So, if you have bad breath that doesn’t go away even when you brush and floss your teeth, you might need to see a dentist for treatment for gum disease.
You get “Gum Recession.”
If your gums look longer than they used to, they are probably getting smaller. Gum recession is a sign of periodontitis that has progressed and can lead to major problems. When calculus (tartar) accumulates on the teeth, the gums start to pull away from the tooth. When gum tissue around the teeth shrink there is a loss of gum tissue and bone. This causes the teeth to become mobile and fall out.
You feel more pain when you bite down.
Have you ever tried to drink something cold and it made you wince? Most likely, it’s because your teeth are extra sensitive and trying to tell you something important.
Particularly sensitive teeth to temperature are a sign of gum disease, and gum loss is another sign. When your gums recede, the root surface is exposed. The root is sensitive to temperature. This makes your teeth sensitive to cold water.
If your teeth hurt more than normal when you eat or drink something hot or cold, you may have gum disease.
You have teeth that move and wiggle.
Have you noticed that your smile has changed a little bit lately? Gum disease can hurt the bones that hold the teeth in place, which can make the teeth move, move around, or come loose. It can even make your teeth fit together differently when you bite.
What are the ways to treat gum disease in Deer Park and Pasadena?
At our Pasadena, Texas Dental office our goal is to get rid of your infection. The first step in treating your gum disease is for our doctor to look at your teeth and gums.
Deep, careful cleaning is the first step in treating gum disease. During a regular cleaning, your teeth are usually only cleaned above the gum line. However, our dentists use special tools to clean below the gum line.
Dental Scaling and Root Planning
The scraping that our hygienists do can also save your gums. During this procedure, tartar is removed from both above and below the gum line. It stops gum disease from making your mouth sick and keeps your mouth healthy. If a person has chronic periodontal disease, this is generally done. Root planning is another way to treat gum disease. It is usually one of the first things done to help gum and bone disease. It helps get rid of germs, their waste products, tartar, and other disease-causing deposits from the surfaces of tooth roots. This smooths out your gums and reattaches them to your teeth.
Teeth Cleaning in Deer Park and Pasadena, Texas
Don’t ignore issues of concern in your mouth. You don’t want to deal with the pain of gum disease as it progresses. You also don’t want to lose your teeth because you didn’t get treatment for your gums. There are some very good options available to treat and eliminate gum disease. Our dental office can help you determine the level of gum disease you have and discuss your treatment options. Come see why Dr. Nugent is known as “The Pasadena Texas Dentist” and why so many Deer Park residents make the short drive for their dentistry. Visit us at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504. Or call us at 713-941-8261 to see why our office is the leading dental office in the area. Get the best in dental care for you and your family.