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If you've undergone treatment for periodontal (gum) disease, you know how involved it can be. After several sessions of plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) removal, your swollen, red gums finally begin to regain their healthy pink color.
But with gum disease, the battle may be over but not necessarily the war. If we don't remain vigilant, there's a high chance you'll experience a re-infection.
That's why periodontal maintenance (PM) is so important for gum disease patients after treatment. Plaque, the thin film of bacteria and food particles responsible for the infection, can grow again on your tooth surfaces as it did before. You'll have to practice diligent, daily brushing and flossing to curb that development.
But it's also important to keep up regular dental visits for advanced cleaning to remove hard to reach plaque and calculus. For most people that's usually twice a year, but for gum disease patients it could be up to four times a year, especially just after treatment. And there's more to these visits than cleaning.
Since our goal is to reduce the chances of re-infection as much as possible, we'll thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and any implants for signs of disease (we'll also include an oral cancer screening). We want to assess the health of your teeth and gums and to see how well you're doing hygiene-wise with plaque control.
If we find signs of gum disease, we'll discuss this with you and schedule a new round of treatment. The sooner we initiate treatment, the better your outcome. In some cases, we may perform procedures that make it easier to access and clean areas where plaque tends to build up.
Overall, we want to prevent the occurrence of any future disease and treat it as soon as possible if it re-occurs. Keeping up diligent PM will help ensure your gums continue to stay healthy.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can eventually lead to tooth loss if not treated early on. There are several signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, including swollen and tender gums. Another sign of periodontal disease are gums that bleed when brushing or flossing. Periodontal disease can be prevented through good oral hygiene, which includes regular dental visits. At Endodontics & Periodontics Associates of Tampa Bay, Dr. Maria Torres and Dr. Alberto Ruiz are your Tampa, FL, periodontists and endodontists, who can improve your periodontal disease.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Lingering bacteria on the teeth can spread and infect the gums, leading to periodontal disease. There are several signs and symptoms associated with periodontal disease. See a Tampa, FL, periodontist if you develop any of these signs or symptoms:
- Sensitive gums that bleed when eating
- Sensitive gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
- Red, tender or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Teeth that are loose or missing
- Major toothaches
- Chronic bad breath
Causes of Periodontal Disease
When the gums are infected with bacteria, periodontal disease can set in. Lingering bacteria not cleaned off the teeth leads to the formation of plaque. Plaque leads to tartar buildup and the development of gingivitis, one of the early stages of periodontal disease. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to maintain good oral health. Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily will help clean away bacteria on the teeth and gums. Daily flossing can help, as well. Finally, regular dental visits with cleanings play a vital role in preventing periodontal disease.
There are several signs and symptoms of periodontal disease. If your gums are red, bleed easily and feel tender or swollen, those are all possible signs of gum disease that should not be ignored. To stop the spread of periodontal disease and restore good oral health, see a Tampa, FL, periodontist or endodontist for treatment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Torres or Dr. Ruiz, contact Endodontics & Periodontics Associates of Tampa Bay at (813) 960-9080.