General & Periodontal Dentistry
Your oral health care routine needs to include taking care of your gums. The gum tissue is a bridge between the roots of your teeth and your jaw bone. Healthy gum tissue supports tooth health and enables you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
A general or periodontal dentist can identify the signs of periodontal disease. You may experience symptoms such as gums that bleed easily. Other common symptoms of periodontal disease include swollen, tender, or red gums and gums that have pulled away from the roots of your teeth. Persistent bad breath, loosening of your teeth, and poorly fitting dentures are all signs of advancing periodontal disease.
Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease
Although anyone can develop an infection or problem in their gums, certain people are at a higher risk. A family history of gum disease increases your chances of getting it. If you have diabetes or dry mouth, this also increases your risk. Smoking, hormonal changes, and certain medications may also increase the risk of periodontal disease. If you are at a higher risk, your general or periodontal dentist will monitor you more closely.
General and Periodontal Dentistry Services
Your dentist may perform non-surgical procedures to treat early-stage periodontitis. Root scaling, planning, and deep cleaning help to remove bacteria from your gum tissue. Antibiotics can also eliminate oral infections. If you have advanced periodontal disease, you may need dentistry services such as flap surgery, soft tissue grafts, or guided tissue regeneration. Your general or periodontal dentist can help you to prevent gum disease with regular cleanings and oral health exams.
Call the dental office of Barbara Mallonee, DDS today to make an appointment or learn more about general and periodontal dentistry.