Periodontal simply means “the tissue around the teeth.” Periodontists specialize in the treatment and surgery of this area, which is often characterized by gum disease. Plaque is the most common element causing gum disease. Teeth should be brushed twice a day and flossed at least once a day to prevent plaque from hardening into tartar. Tartar eventually leads to the inflammation and infection associated with gingivitis (gum disease). The only way to remove tartar is to get a proper dental cleaning at a dentist's office.
Early Gum Disease
Unfortunately, early gum disease is hard to detect by yourself. Periodontal-related problems are often discovered after they have persisted for an extended period of time. Proper oral hygiene, daily dental care and regular dental check-ups will minimize the risk of gum disease.
Early signs of gum disease include:
- Gums bleeding
- Gums red and tender to the touch
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
Stages of Gum Disease
Stages of gum disease range from mild (gingivitis) to moderate (periodintitis) to the severe (periodontitis). Treatments are available for all stages of gum disease.
Common problems associated with gum disease:
- “Long” teeth (receding gum lines expose the root portions of your teeth)
- Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
- Gum depressions (holes in between the teeth in the gum tissue)
- Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
- Tooth loss or tooth movement
The effects of gum disease can be damaging to your dental health. However, through proper preventive care and oral hygiene, you can avoid problems associated with gum disease. We can show you proper gum disease treatment.
If you are looking for a periodontist, have gum pain or show signs of gum damage, please contact our office for a periodontal evaluation. Our periodontists will be able to detect when you have early gum disease or any of the stages of gum disease. We will offer the best gum disease treatment. Getting a dental cleaning at a dentist office will remove tartar and help prevent gum disease. Our dental office is located in Frankfort, Illinois.
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Periodontist Mokena, Periodontist New Lenox, Periodontist Homer Glen, Periodontist Tinley Park, Periodontist Joliet, and neighboring areas!