Periodontal Disease is an infection of the gum tissue. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the gums as well as the bones that support the teeth. Advanced Periodontal Disease when left untreated can spread to other parts of the body. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes and respiratory ailments are just a few of the serious conditions that are linked to untreated periodontal disease. Thankfully a regimen known as periodontal gum therapy can help you prevent more serious health issues.
An early, easily treatable form of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is a common inflammation of the gum tissue that is reversible with proper treatment.
Dr. Schwan’s recommendation for regular checkups, proper in-home dental practices such as brushing and flossing daily and bi-annual professional dental cleanings are the first line of defense against any form of periodontal disease. But in case you show symptoms — such as bleeding of the gums or redness and swelling, contacting Dr. Schwan’s office to schedule a checkup and consultation is your best bet to catching it early, before more serious issues can develop.
How do I know if I have periodontal Disease?
Periodontal Disease is caused by the buildup of bacteria in the food plaque that sticks to the teeth after meals. Over time this buildup causes inflammation of the tissues leading to an infection which ultimately can cause bone and tissue loss.
Common symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Red, tender or swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath or strange taste in mouth
- Receding Gums
Advanced Periodontal Disease (Periodontitis)
- Pocket formation and rapid loss of gum tissue
- Change in bite pattern or excessively loose teeth
- Signs of infection in mouth.
- Other sympotoms that may show you have a systemic infection.
What can cause Periodontal Disease?
The common risk factors for periodontal disease include genetic traits, diabetes, smoking or chewing tobacco and poor diet. Stress and other systemic infections or issues can be a factor as well.
The vast majority of gum disease issues can be easily prevented by an excellent oral hygiene practices, regular visits to the dentist and choosing to avoid the common risk factors: Smoking or chewing tobacco, stress and poor diet.
Periodontal Gum Therapy in West Chester PA
Dr. Schwan has a variety of treatment options available for periodontal disease. Scaling and Root planing is one of the best ways to treat early gum disease. Diode laser treatments can be used to re-contour gum tissues and reduce the size of the pockets between the teeth and gums. Tissue and bone grafting can be used to stimulate new tissue growth when bone and gum tissue has been destroyed.
Dr. Schwan and his hygienists have an extensive repertoire of periodontal gum therapy treatments. But in some cases may refer patients to a periodontist for more specialized treatments.
If you have any further questions about periodontal disease and how Dr. Schwan can help you unstand your options for treatment. Just call our West Chester dental office or Contact Dr Robert Schwan to schedule your initial consultation.
Dr. Schwan’s dental office is located in West Chester Pennsylvania, across from Chester County Hospital. Dr. Schwan always welcomes patients from the greater Chester County area.