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Maintaining periodontal disease requires carefully monitoring bacterial growth. The condition is an advanced level of gum disease that derives from gingivitis. And unlike gingivitis, the effects of periodontitis cannot be reversed, which makes the condition quite alarming. Those who have developed periodontitis can still be treated, however. It requires monitoring the disease and practicing oral hygiene at home. Together, we at Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness can help.
Common Symptoms Of Periodontal Disease
How can you tell if you have developed gum disease - specifically periodontitis? One of the main things to look for is if you have noticed any gum recession. This can be a bit hard to tell at first, but if teeth are beginning to appear suspiciously longer, then that is a bad sign overall. Along with this, you may have looser teeth, persistent bad breath, and gums that appear darker, swollen, and prone to bleeding.
What We Do
As previously stated, periodontal maintenance requires controlling bacteria levels. This means removing as much of it as possible from the mouth. What we do is known as scaling which involves carefully removing built-up plaque that has accumulated in areas that are not so obvious. Periodontitis makes the gums recede and creates small pockets between the tooth and the gumline. Bacteria thrive in this location and it is one of the main contributors to the disease, becoming worse over time. We will remove plaque from this area as well as any plaque on or in-between teeth. We can also prescribe antibiotics to you to help slow down the number of bacteria accumulating.
Maintenance at Home
Controlling periodontitis also involves thorough cleaning every day at home. Brush twice a day - every day - with fluoride toothpaste. It is important to not skip days because the mouth is already compromised. Normally, we would recommend people floss once a day, but we encourage doing it after you have finished brushing twice a day. Periodontitis is a result of bacteria infecting the gums and plaque build-up between the teeth can make the condition progress further.
Frequent use of antibacterial mouthwash is also encouraged to flush out bacteria in between meals. Just make sure to stay hydrated since the alcohol in mouthwash can dry out the mouth. Following these steps can also reverse gingivitis before it escalates to periodontal disease and most importantly, prevent gum disease altogether.
Why Frequent Visits Are Important
We recommend patients with periodontitis to see us 3 to 4 times a year for scaling to get rid of excess plaque and tartar that can build up in just a few months. The condition can be halted to prevent further damages, which is the ultimate goal for us. The sooner It is treated, the less damage there will be.
Periodontitis is a severe condition that affects many people across the US. But the damage it causes can be halted and prevented from happening again. With our help at Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness and your dedication, we can treat you. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us you can call our office at 704-629-8081.