Do you cringe when you brush your teeth because your gums are extra sensitive? Do you avoid flossing because you don't want to feel the intense pain underneath your tooth? Healthy gums should appear firm and pink. Any other characteristics may indicate signs of periodontal disease. If you are concerned about the condition of your periodontal health, Greensburg, PA, dentist, Dr. Anthony Marchionno can perform an oral examination. During your consultation, he will discuss appropriate treatment options and oral hygiene practices that can help you regain control and maintain this condition for a lifetime.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease develops from bacterial plaque that excessively builds around the gum line. It develops gradually and progresses as it's left untreated. Usually, as a consequence of inadequate oral hygiene, plaque produces toxins that destroy the hard and soft tissue that surrounds the roots and ligaments of your teeth. Periodontal disease is a gum infection that is treatable at the mild stage called gingivitis. If this infection advances to periodontitis, it could lead to significant problems that may compromise your overall health.
Signs That You May Have Periodontal Disease
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Pain when chewing
- Persistent bad breath
- Red, tender, and swollen gums
- Excessive plaque buildup on the teeth
What Are My Treatment Options?
Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, Greensburg, PA, dentist, Dr. Anthony Marchionno may recommend professional cleanings every three months instead of the usual six months. You will need to put in the work at home by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day to improve your oral health status. If you have a more advanced stage of periodontal disease, he may suggest a procedure called scaling and root planing, which involves a deep cleaning that is performed in stages.
Periodontal disease can result in tooth loss if left untreated. Visit Greensburg, PA, dentist, Dr. Anthony Marchionno to learn if you have periodontal disease or to protect yourself from developing this risky condition. For more information about what dentists and periodontists can help you with, visit our website, and for questions or appointment scheduling, please call (724) 836-2911.