Periodontal dentistry is a field of dentistry that is preventative and restorative in nature, helping patients prevent periodontal disease and restoring their gums back to health when necessary. When someone has periodontal disease, it means that an excessive amount of plaque and calculus (tartar) have accumulated around the teeth, causing permanent deterioration to the area surrounding your teeth (which can include the jawbone). Left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually begin to destroy the gums and bone.
Because the early stages of periodontal disease are usually painless, it can be difficult to detect. Some of the signs and symptoms of developing periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Increased spaces between teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus around the gums and teeth
- Receding gums around a tooth
- Tenderness and discomfort
Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks associated with periodontal disease (high blood pressure, heart disease, pancreatic cancer, low birth weight/premature deliveries, and stroke, just to name a few). That is why we make an effort to prevent the disease and to save you from the unnecessary costs of periodontal disease.
To avoid advancement in periodontal disease, patients should practice good oral hygiene, eat a balanced diet, and attend regularly scheduled dental appointments at Nephi Dental Clinic. Because untreated periodontal disease can be dangerous, and pain or discomfort surrounding your teeth or gums is not always present, it is strongly recommended that you visit a dentist immediately. Remember this visit could literally save your life and may be the most important appointment you make this year. Call Drs. Scott and Doug Petersen if you want to learn more about our cleanings for patients with gum disease in Nephi, Utah.