Wondering if you might be suffering from periodontal disease in Williston, VT?
It’s probably a good idea to get checked out by a qualified periodontist such as Dr. Holly Halliday at Williston Dental Team.
The fact is, periodontal disease, or gum disease, is nothing to let slide. In early stages, it can be annoying and painful. In later stages, it can become dangerous – not only could you lose teeth but you could be at risk for other serious health conditions.
Signs of periodontal disease you should never ignore can include the following:
- Bad breath – It’s not just offensive; it won’t go away
- Red, swollen, or tender gums. They may be tender to the touch, or you might feel pain or see blood when you brush or floss, for example.
- Exposed tooth enamel where your gums are receding.
- Loose teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit when you bite
- Sores or pus in your mouth around your teeth
There are two types of gum disease. Gingivitis, which is the milder form, may cause swollen red gums and often has little or no discomfort in the beginning stages. While poor oral hygiene habits are a major factor in all gum disease, there are other, underlying causes. Chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, smoking, aging, and stress can all be contributing factors.
Periodontitis is far more serious. When you are at this stage, plaque has built up and caused toxins to invade under the gum line, causing tissues that hold teeth in place to atrophy. Infections can occur which can be painful and dangerous. Untreated, this can lead to tooth loss.
Your Williston periodontist will have a variety of treatment options for your gum disease and some of the damage it causes. From deep cleaning procedures to antibiotic treatments and even oral surgery, if necessary, your Williston periodontist can help you. But the best treatment, of course, is prevention and the most effective prevention starts with you, with regular brushing, flossing, good diet, no smoking, and regular visits to your Williston dentist.
For more information contact Williston Dental Team at 802-878-0600.