Periodontitis (or gum disease as it is more commonly known) is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. The good news is that it is easy to prevent, and even easy to treat in its early stages; however, the treatments become more invasive and the disease more damaging the longer it is allowed to run its course. If you would like to learn more about what to look for if you are concerned about gum disease, then please contact Dr. Neal Pylant in Athens, GA.
Prevention and Early Care
Poor health and hygiene habits are most to blame for the onset of gum disease. Smoking and chewing tobacco also affect your gums and make them vulnerable to disease, as does the buildup of plaque. All threaten the health of your gums and your teeth.
Plaque clings daily to your teeth. It is made up of saliva, leftover food particles, fungi and bacteria. It is this bacteria that harms both the enamel on your teeth and your gums. Because of the minerals found in your saliva, plaque can harden and turn into tartar, which makes it much more difficult to remove, and is thus more harmful.
Avoiding tobacco products and brushing and flossing your teeth every day are good first steps toward combating gum disease. They lessen the risk of complications, as well as keep plaque at bay. But the next step is one many of us take for granted, and that is regular checkups and cleanings at your dentist or periodontist’s office.
A professional dental cleaning eliminates the built-up plaque and tartar, and the procedure can even reverse gum disease while in its early stages. Also, a checkup is the best way to find out if you may be suffering from gum disease.
Periodontitis Treatment in Athens, GA
Symptoms such as bad breath, gums that are swollen or are tender, or even bleed, are all good reasons to suspect gum disease. Eventually, these symptoms progress to the point where you may notice changes to your bite and loose teeth. Waiting for these signs is not the best of plans. Instead, take the initiative and make an appointment today with Dr. Pylant in Athens, GA, by dialing (706) 543-0026.