Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth.
Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become inflamed.
Gum disease can be hard to self-diagnose, as the symptoms are often subtle. Here are a few things to watch out for:
Gum disease is reversible in its early stages. However, after it progresses to periodontitis it can no longer be cured. At that point, you will have to take steps to manage your gum disease and prevent it from worsening.
If you think you may have gum disease or have been told that you have, it’s important to take proper care of your oral health in order to make sure the condition does not progress.
Here are a few tips:
If you think you may be suffering from gingivitis or a more advanced form of periodontal disease, it’s important to seek treatment immediately because treatment becomes more complicated as your condition worsens.
The onset of gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection hidden below your gums. Dental cleanings can remove the bacteria, but it can repopulate almost immediately, thus continuing the infectious cycle.
It’s important to keep brushing and flossing, but neither a toothbrush, oral rinse, nor floss can reach deep enough to address infections below your gums. That’s where the minimally invasive Perio Tray® bycomes in to help.
The Perio Tray gently applies medication deep under the gums to fight the infections and prevent their recurrence. It’s comfortable, flexible, and custom-fit precisely for your mouth. All you need to do is use it at home for just minutes each day.
It is important to treat active infections. Almost half of American adults have chronic periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease that taxes the immune system and may make it harder for your body to fight off other infectious challenges. Infections in your gums may also contribute to other chronic health problems like arterial inflammation.
Perio Tray® therapy can also help you smile with more confidence as patients have reported whiter teeth and fresher breath after use. Chronic bad breath often signals chronic gum disease. Address the disease and freshen your breath.
If you’ve been told that you have gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis), ask Dr. Blevins if Perio Trays® are right for you.
At Blevins Dentistry, our Mullins, SC gum disease dentist wants you to have a healthy smile for life. If you are in Mullins, Florence, Myrtle Beach, or any of the surrounding areas, give our dental office a call at (843) 561-4039 to make an appointment today.