Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
July 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Gum DiseaseAt Johansen Dental, located in Chandler, AZ, Dr. Grant Johansen gives his patients the necessary information to help them maintain a healthy oral regimen, and prevent problems like gum (periodontal) disease from occuring.

More on Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is when a bacteria attack your gums and causes inflammation. It's a painful ordeal, so maintaining good oral hygiene is vital. If you don't, you may experience a variety of issues including:

  • Gum recession
  • Bone loss around your teeth
  • Tooth loss of teeth
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis

Causes of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is related to poor oral hygiene. When a person neglects to take care of their teeth, the rest of their mouth suffers.

Here are a few things that may lead to gum disease:

  • Not brushing your teeth twice a day
  • Skipping bi-annual doctor's appointments
  • Not Flossing at least once before bed
  • Skipping deep dental cleanings
  • Eating foods containing sugars that lead to plaque accumulation
  • Chewing tobacco and smoking

Periodontal Disease Symptoms

You may not know you have gum disease at an early stage if you're not visiting your dentist regularly, here are a few symptoms:

  • Receding gums
  • Redness or swelling of the gums
  • Periodontal abscess
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sensitivity
  • Bad breath

Periodontal Treatment

There are a few treatment options your doctor may provide you with, here are some:

  • Applying antimicrobial products to assist in the healing process of periodontal disease.
  • Periodontal surgery may be required depending on the severity of your gum disease
  • Manually removing plaque by scaling, root planning or debridement.

Your gums are just as important as any part of your dental/oral health. Improper care may lead to severe issues. If you have questions or concerns about gum disease or gum disease therapy, call Dr. Grant Johansen in Chandler, AZ.