By Michael Farivari, DDS
November 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Peridontal Disease  

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. This peridontal diseasecondition, however, is preventable and, fortunately, treatable, even in severe situations. Knowing the causes and symptoms of periodontal disease can help you identify and treat this condition. Find out more about periodontal disease and how to spot it with Dr. Michael Farivari and Dr. Shora Farivari at Ridgeview Family Dental Care in Hanover, MD.

What is periodontal disease? 
Periodontal disease occurs when the gums become inflamed and irritated, eventually affecting the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. This condition originates in the bacteria in dental plaque, the first stage of teeth decay. Plaque grows under the gums, irritating it and causing an infection. In its earliest form, gingivitis, periodontal disease affects only the gums. As the disease progresses, it spreads to the ligaments and bone and turns into periodontitis.

Do I have periodontal disease? 
One of the earliest signs of gum disease is bleeding while brushing or flossing. While some people mistakenly believe that this means you should not floss anymore, it actually means the opposite. Bleeding gums usually clear up with about two weeks of continued regular flossing. Other signs of gum disease include red or irritated gums, swollen or puffy gums, gums which separate from the teeth, loosened teeth, pain, unexplained bad breath, receding gums, and sensitive teeth.

Periodontal Disease Treatments in Hanover, MD
In the earliest stages of gum disease, you can reverse the symptoms by simply following a rigid routine of brushing at least twice a day and flossing once. This removes bacteria and plaque from the surfaces and between the teeth, helping clear up the infection. From there, your dentist may recommend a professional routine cleaning or deep cleaning. These professional remove the plaque and tartar from the teeth and below the gums. Flap surgery treats severe cases of periodontal disease.

For more information on treating periodontal disease, please contact Dr. Michael Farivari and Dr. Shora Farivari at Ridgeview Family Dental Care in Hanover, MD. Call (410) 672-1000 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!



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