A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. You are commonly referred to a periodontist when you have been diagnosed with a gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth but if this plaque goes uncleaned, inflammation of the gum line can occur that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth.
It is important to go to your dentist for regular checkups, to be aware of certain dental issues such as gum disease. Without these checkups, the issue may go unnoticed until the advanced stages.
The warning signs that you may experience with this disease include:
Gums that bleed when eating, brushing, and flossing
Gums are receding.Your teeth may start to look longer
Sores or pus in between your gums and teeth
Chronic bad breath
Teeth constantly feeling loose
A change in your teethes alignment while biting
A change in the way your dentures fit
If you are experiencing any of these issues, chances are you have gum disease. Early stages can be treated with a dental hygiene therapy called scaling and root planing.
Scaling is when your dentist removes all the plaque above and below the gum line. Your dentist will then begin root planing, smoothing out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth. Scaling and root planing may take more than one visit to complete
Gum Disease Treatment
Early stages can be treated with a dental hygiene therapy called scaling and root planing.
Scaling is when your dentist removes all the plaque above and below the gum line down to the pockets.
Your dentist will then begin root planing, smoothing out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth. This process may take more than one visit to fully complete
Later stages require more intensive treatment. If gum disease is left untreated it can become incurable so it is important to always go for regular checkups to make sure a dental issue does not persist.
The best solution to preventing periodontal diseases is to properly keep more clean before it happens.
Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
Visit your dentist every 6-months for a cleaning
Regularly check your gums to make sure they are a healthy pink and hug your teeth tightly
Healthy diet, limit to snacks & sugary drinks