Periodontal disease is the technical term for the condition that most people know simply as gum disease. An infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place, periodontal disease can pose serious risks to your oral health, but many people are surprised to learn the risks gum disease pose to cardiovascular health. Some of the early symptoms of this condition are swollen, receding, and bleeding gums.
Depending upon the severity of your periodontal disease, you may experience bleeding and discomfort as a result of your periodontal treatment. It’s important to maintain good dental hygiene after your maintenance treatments to ensure that your gums remain free of plaque and dangerous bacteria, giving your mouth time to heal and fight against disease.
Unfortunately, gum disease isn’t curable, once you have the disease it will live in your mouth forever. But it is treatable. Patients with gum disease must continue with periodontal maintenance treatments for the rest of their lives to control their gum disease and prevent it from getting worse.
If you have gum disease, we want you to know that we can help you gain control of your dental health and avoid your condition worsening. A maintenance routine will go a long way to preventing the spread of gum disease, but it also takes a commitment from each patient to adopt good dental hygiene habits. Contact our office to learn more about how we can help you.