Periodontal disease is a serious infection that can occur to the smile and result in irreversible damage of the soft tissues, bone, and teeth. It is important that patients in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area obtain routine dental care to prevent this condition from occurring. There are many periodontal disease stages that might be diagnosed, and each patient might have different oral hygiene maintenance recommendations based on the stage at which their condition has reached. If you are interested in learning more about periodontal disease, read on!
What is periodontal disease?
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is best described as an infection that occurs due to poor oral hygiene. It is diagnosed during a routine visit with Dr. Mark H. Wright, during which he will evaluate pocket depth, inflammation, bacteria, and other concerns that can arise with periodontal disease. Once patients have gotten a proper diagnosis of their condition, and the stage at which it has reached, they can then work with their dentist to restore the smile.
What types of gum disease may develop?
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. If gingivitis is not diagnosed and treated as soon as possible, it can develop into the later stages of periodontal disease, called periodontitis. Periodontitis cannot be cured, only maintained, which is why good oral hygiene habits are so important.
What is the treatment recommendation for periodontal disease?
The treatment recommended by our team will vary depending on the stage and severity of the condition. Earlier stages may require a deep cleaning, while later stages might involve antibiotics along with scaling and root planing.
How can I prevent periodontal disease?
Oral hygiene maintenance is critical to protecting a smile from periodontal disease. This includes:
- Brushing after every meal
- Flossing the teeth at least once a day
- Visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and evaluations
- Calling a dentist for help as soon as problems arise
Speak to our provider today about periodontal treatment
If you need periodontal care, or are looking for ways to prevent gum disease, we encourage you to book an appointment at 930 N. Cedar Street in Colorado Springs, Colorado to obtain the best possible care with Dr. Mark H. Wright and his team. Call (719) 624-4122 to schedule an appointment.