What Is Periodontal Disease and How Can I Prevent It?

Periodontal TreatmentThe associates of Deeter Dental Group work regularly with patients who have a variety of dental health concerns. This includes the development of periodontal disease.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is also referred to as “gum disease.” It begins in the gum tissues and then can progress into a more serious condition that can impact the teeth and the bone. The condition is completely avoidable with proper care of the smile.

The damage caused to the gums, teeth, and bone will vary depending on the stage at which the condition has reached. There are several levels of periodontal disease that may be diagnosed. They include:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Chronic periodontitis
  • Aggressive periodontitis
  • Necrotizing periodontitis

As the condition develops and becomes more apparent, so can the problems associated with them. Patients may notice changes to their smile, including red, swollen gums; chronic halitosis (bad breath); loose or shifting teeth; and bleeding when brushing or flossing. At any point these symptoms develop, patients should immediately visit their dentist for an evaluation.

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection that often stems from poor dental hygiene habits. In most situations, patients who brush their teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit their dentist for an evaluation every six months can often keep this condition from developing. Additionally, there are several factors that may increase one’s risk of developing periodontal disease. These include:

  • Chronic stress
  • Smoking
  • Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
  • Crowded teeth
  • Orthodontics
  • Bridgework
  • Diseases (HIV, leukemia, etc.)
  • Poor nutrition
  • Prescription medications

Prevention doesn’t just stop at home care. Patients should also consider their diet. Those who do not eat healthy may also be contributing to their risk. By avoiding certain foods and beverages, such as those high in sugars and acids, most patients can maintain their oral health.

Learn more about periodontal disease with the team at Deeter Dental Group

Call our practice locations today to make an appointment for an evaluation and ask about education on periodontal disease and other complications of the smile. The Bismarck, ND location can be reached at (701) 222-1800, and the Garrison, ND location can be reached at (701) 463-2884.

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