How To Know If You Have Periodontal Disease – Symptoms Enlisted
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What is Periodontal Disease?
As time passes, this layer of plaque calcifies into tartar, which shows up with signs like swollen, red, and bleeding gums.
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Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Gums turned red or purple.
- Bleeding gums.
- Halitosis or persistent bad breath.
- Soreness in the gum tissues that surround teeth.
- Bad or bitter taste in your mouth.
- Discomfort at the time of eating anything.
- Gum receding from the line.
- The tooth is loosely attached and still hanging.
- Bite issues.
Causes Of Periodontal Disease
Other than that, genetics also play a significant role. Any individual may have an immune system response making them more susceptible to gum disease.
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Is Periodontal Disease Treatable?
Having said that, we bear good news. Periodontal disease can be very well managed with the right treatment. Appropriate periodontal treatment reduces infection and rebuilds bone and tissue to a considerable extent.
You must keep in mind that gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and it is reversible. Therefore, early detection with regular dental checkup and cleanings can prevent further progression.
The best route depends on the severity of your condition. Here are a few options available to you.
1. Dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene: Routine professional dental cleanings and good oral hygiene practices are sufficient to combat early-stage gum disease (gingivitis).
2. Scaling and root planing: This treatment is much like dental cleaning, but it goes deeper into the gums to eliminate plaque and bacteria from within, which cannot be brushed and flossed alone.
3. Pocket reduction surgery: In the case of moderate to advanced gum disease, pocket reduction surgery is also something that dentists offer. Just like the name suggests, this procedure removes plaque and tartar, which are deeply embedded under the gums after making an incision. The gums are moved away from the tooth roots and thoroughly cleaned. Once done, the tissues are sewn back.