Periodontal disease is a serious concern. It is important that patients in the Dolton, IL area take good care of their smile to avoid the development of this condition. However, when it forms, it is essential that a professional provide appropriate treatment and assist them in maintaining a healthy smile afterwards.

Periodontal disease, also referred to by some patients as gum disease, is a condition that can occur due to poor oral care. Dr. Dean Dietrich finds that patients who do not brush, floss, and maintain regular recall appointments are at a much higher risk of developing periodontal disease than someone who is careful about their oral health care habits. Poor dental hygiene can cause inflammation of the gums, which can continue into a more severe case of periodontal disease. When periodontal disease is at its worst, it can cause bone loss, shrinking gum tissue, and the loss of teeth.

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Periodontal disease is a condition that, once it has formed, cannot be cured but it can be controlled. It is essential that patients who are diagnosed with the condition seek treatment through a dental professional. Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental® works closely with patients to help them overcome their condition and control the health of their smile.

First, Dr. Dean Dietrich must evaluate the stage of periodontal disease. This examination helps him determine the severity of the condition to make an educated decision on the best treatment possible. For the earlier stages of periodontal disease, such as gingivitis, patients may benefit from a simple dental cleaning to remove tartar. Antibiotics may also be used to control any bacteria. As the condition progresses, it may require more invasive treatment such as scaling and root planing. This is a more aggressive cleaning but can help bring the smile back to health. Patients with periodontal disease may need to visit their dentist more than twice a year for cleanings, examinations, and treatment if necessary. Overall, the condition can be controlled, but this is only with the help of a dental professional at Pleasant Dental®.

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