Don't Ignore Your Periodontal Health
Your gums support your teeth, providing a protective seal against damage and infection. However, this oral tissue needs continual care to remain viable. At HFL Dental in Mendon, NY, Dr. Greg Lowenguth provides routine gum care and treats periodontitis. Your family dentist helps patients keep their teeth and stay healthy.
What periodontal disease?
Also known as gum disease, periodontitis is the infection and inflammation of your gum tissue with Strep bacteria. Contained in plaque and tartar, these germs grow and grow, unless your brushing, flossing, and in-office cleanings with your Mendon family dentist remove them.
Unfortunately, many people ignore their periodontal health, and tooth loss results. Additionally, respected organizations, such as the American Heart Association, cite research which indicates gum health and systemic health are intimately linked. People with periodontitis often have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, hypertension and other serious issues.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease varies in symptoms and severity. Many people may not notice they have mild gingivitis with its limited redness and/or bleeding during brushing and flossing.
However, periodontitis is very noticeable. People have symptoms such as:
- Gum puffiness and tenderness
- Changes in gum color
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Exposed tooth roots
- Changes in the fit of a denture or in how teeth close together
- Bad breath which doesn't get better with mouth wash or tooth brushing
In addition, your dentist will notice deepening pockets between your teeth and gums. Measured with a small metal probe, pockets deeper than three millimeters are diagnostic for periodontal disease.
What you can do
If Dr. Lowenguth diagnoses periodontal disease, he will recommend a deep cleaning and tooth planing to remove plaque and tartar deposits. Sometimes, antibiotic therapy is necessary. More extensive disease may require gum surgery or grafting to replace damaged tissues.
Of course, the best cure is prevention. Work hard to improve your daily brushing and flossing routine. See the team at HFL Dental twice a year for a cleaning and check-up. Also, be sure to:
- Drink water to hydrate your gums
- Eat a high-fiber diet
- Limit alcohol
- Never smoke or chew tobacco
- Contact your family dentist at his Mendon office if you notice any changes whatsoever in how your mouth looks or feels
They are your gums
Their health is so important. At HFL Dental, Dr. Greg Lowenguth will help you achieve your best periodontal health. Call us with any questions, won't you? Phone your family dentist in Mendon at (585) 624-1917.