Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Your mouth has many important functions, including eating, speaking, and smiling. For your mouth to perform these functions optimally, it is important that you take good care of it. Oral hygiene consists of many components. A good majority of your oral care routine takes place in your own home. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once daily. It is also recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined at least twice a year. Neglecting your oral hygiene can lead to an accumulation of plaque and bacteria, both of which can quickly lead to the development of periodontal disease. At Bijan Family Dental Practice, we can help you to recognize the symptoms, allowing you to get the treatment you need as soon as you notice something is wrong.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, begins as a result of a buildup of plaque and bacteria on your teeth. These substances irritate your gums, which then leads to inflammation. Inflammation causes your gum tissue to begin pulling away from your teeth, causing pockets to form. Bacteria fall into these pockets, where they begin attacking your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone in addition to your gums. Periodontal disease can compromise the stability of your teeth. Bacteria can also enter into your bloodstream, where it can contribute to issues like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
How Do I Know if I Have Periodontal Disease?
There are several signs and symptoms that can indicate the presence of periodontal disease. The types of symptoms that you experience depend upon the type of gum disease you have. Signs and symptoms include:
Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease
When periodontal disease develops, treatment is essential. The type of treatment you receive depends on the type, and severity, of your condition. Common treatments include:
At the first signs of periodontal disease, treatment is essential. The earlier you treat the condition, the less damage is done, and less invasive the treatment needs to be. Call Bijan Family Dental Practice at (714) 421-4494 today to schedule your appointment.