Periodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on soft tissues in the oral cavity. It encompasses prevention and diagnosis, and well as treatment of the tissues when they compromise your oral health. The most common issues seen in periodontics are gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease and gum disease put patients at risk for infection and tooth decay. If left untreated, the patient is at risk for losing teeth. Our periodontal treatments fight to prevent periodontal disease and work to restore your mouth and smile.
Periodontal and Gum Disease
Periodontal disease causes tooth loss if not treated. The cause of periodontal disease is most often a result of poor oral hygiene but can also be caused by poor nutrition, stress, and even genetics which increase your risk of infection from bacteria. To prevent periodontal disease from getting worse, our Yarmouth dentist works to remove the tartar that has set in and develops a treatment plan to restore the health of your gums and mouth.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
While pain is possible with gum disease, it is not always the first noticeable sign. It is a silent disease that only gets worse until it is treated, and by then, it might be too late to save the teeth without the use of restorative dental procedures. Some common signs of this disease are:
Chronic bad breath
Pus along the gum line
Call Cumberland Dental Arts if you experience these symptoms so that we can put a stop to the progression of the disease as quickly as possible.
The easiest way to prevent any problems with your gums is to floss. Flossing keeps your gums and tissues healthy by removing plaque and bacteria each and every day. Gum disease leads to heart attacks, strokes, and death. The inflammation and infection that is a result of gum disease can spread throughout the body and into the bloodstream putting you at great health risks. Talk with our Yarmouth dentist if you need a refresher on flossing and oral hygiene routines, or to learn more about the importance of healthy gums. The time you spend educating yourself on oral health could save your life.
In need of immediate care?
We provide emergency phone consultation services after working hours and on weekends. Call us at our office (207) 829-5937