When it comes to your oral hygiene, there are more concerns than just keeping your pearly whites healthy. Your gums are an important factor, too. Although the current generation of older adults today are keeping more of their teeth than the previous population, tooth loss is still a major concern. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes for this problem. Riverside Dental Group in California offers cleanings and exams to help prevent this and other problems, as well as periodontal cleanings to help patients manage gum disease.
Who Is At Risk For Periodontitis
Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of plaque below the gumline. This infection progresses throughout several stages, starting with gingivitis and continuing into advanced periodontitis if not properly treated. If you begin to notice that your oral tissues are swollen or red, bleeding when you floss, or persistently bad breath, you may have an infection. This can be prevented with proper oral hygiene and regular checkups. Patients who smoke, have diabetes, autoimmune diseases, or have poor oral hygiene habits may be at higher risk of developing gingivitis.
Helping You Manage Your Gum Disease
If found in the early stages, this infection can be treated. However, later stages of it cannot be reversed. At your next checkup, your dentist will thoroughly examine your oral cavity and look for signs of cavities, gingivitis, and more. If any of the symptoms mentioned earlier are detected, you may be diagnosed with gingivitis. A treatment plan will be created to help get your symptoms under control. Periodontal therapy will include scaling and root planing, which offer a more in-depth cleaning than is done during your checkups. During this, your dentist will use special tools to clean below the tissue and around the root of the teeth. Depending on the stage of your infection, you may need several of these to help manage your symptoms.
Leaving This Untreated Can Lead To Tooth Loss And More
When an infection is not treated, the problem will continue to progress. You may begin to find it difficult to chew certain foods or notice that you consistently have bad breath, even after brushing your teeth. In severe cases of gum disease, your gingival tissue can begin to recede. This can cause your teeth to become loose or completely come out. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to replace these with prosthetics because your gums and jaw may be unable to support them.
Schedule A Deep Cleaning Today
If you have symptoms of gingivitis, we are here to help. To schedule a checkup or deep cleaning, contact your nearest Riverside Dental Group location.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.