What is periodontal disease? Do you have it? Periodontal disease is a gum issue that many people have. It's something your dentist will want to treat if you have it, and also something your dentist should be able to suspect in you right away following a regular oral exam.

Learn more about periodontal disease, if you have it, and most important of all, how to treat it.

What is periodontal disease?

Put simply, periodontal disease is advanced gum disease. It's like gingivitis, just worse. It requires more care to treat and is a relatively common dental woe. Without treatment, periodontal disease can cause you to have severe gum tissue loss and some tooth decay, both of which can cause you to lose teeth.

Do you have periodontal disease?

Do you have periodontal disease? You can tell by doing a home check of your teeth. Look at your gums. Are they swollen and bright red, purple, or even look somewhat black? Do they ooze a foul-tasting and smelling liquid when you press on them or bleed when you brush them? Are you known to have gum disease in the past? Do you have bad breath or do your gums hurt?

All these are signs you may have periodontal disease and need periodontal disease treatment. The best way to treat your condition is to go to the dentist for a professional cleaning.

What do you do about periodontal disease?

You have to treat periodontal disease as soon as you realize you have an issue because the longer this type of oral health condition continues, the more gum tissue you can permanently lose. Have regular dental cleanings, floss every day, and use a gum-health-focused mouthwash as part of your everyday cleaning process.

Your dental professional will want to clean your teeth and give you a deep periodontal cleaning while they do it. This is a cleaning that requires a longer and more intensive dental cleaning and often has to be done over several appointments. Periodontal disease treatment can be uncomfortable, so it's important to make sure you are sedated and numbed appropriately when you get this type of care done.

Speak to your dentist or dental hygienist about periodontal disease if you think you have it. A discussion about your oral health can help you keep your smile strong and healthy so you keep your natural teeth longer and feel more comfortable in your smile while doing so. 

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