Periodontics is a dental specialty that emphasizes the prevention and treatment of gum disease.
Plaque tends to build up around the teeth and cause the gums to release toxins, leading to a higher risk of tooth loss, heart disease, and diabetes.
Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
People who lose their teeth can usually blame periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, may affect 80% of adults. These patients are suffering from varying levels of gum disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to aggressive periodontitis.
Gum disease can exist even if you do not realize it. This “silent killer of teeth” can also affect your whole body, so it should be treated before it progresses.
Signs of Gum Disease
Signs of gum disease include:
- Swollen, puffy, or red gums
- Gums that bleed easily while brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus oozing from the gums
- Loose teeth
- Change in the way teeth fit together
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, contact Airlie Smiles today to schedule an appointment with our dentist. Even if you have not noticed the symptoms of gum disease, stay on top of your gum health and your regular general dentistry appointments.
Preventing and Correcting Gum Disease with Dr. Farrell
At home, be sure to brush and floss your teeth to save your smile. Protect your body from heart attacks, cancer, and pregnancy complications with careful oral hygiene.
When you come to Dr. Farrell, he can learn more about your gum health and may suggest any of the following treatments:
Scaling and root planing | This special cleaning process eliminates plaque and tartar from under the gumline and smoothes root surfaces to promote healing.
Antibiotic therapy | In some cases, antibiotics or antimicrobials may be used to improve gum health. This treatment is often used in conjunction with a scaling and root planing procedure.
Regular cleanings | After a deep cleaning process, we may recommend you return to our office for regular professional cleanings.
Surgeries | Simple surgeries like pocket depth reduction procedures and soft tissue grafts can restore your smile to full health.
Congratulations on taking the first step towards a healthier smile and a healthier body. Contact us at Airlie Smiles today!