Periodontal disease is a common dental problem. However, Dolton area patients can avoid the development of it with oral health care. Oral care includes regularly brushing and flossing the teeth after every meal to avoid the development of plaque and tartar. Oral care also means regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and examinations to catch any problems early enough for effective intervention. Additionally, patients who are on top of their oral health will want to contact their dentist whenever a problem arises, as early diagnosis and care ensures faster, effective treatment.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, requires treatment as soon as possible to keep it from becoming a serious problem. Periodontal disease starts with inflammation of the gum tissue that can result in swelling and bleeding. This initial stage is known as gingivitis and can be easily reversed if caught early enough. If patients leave their gingivitis untreated, they may experience further problems with the later stages of periodontitis when the gum tissue begins to pull away from the teeth and the teeth become loose. Severe periodontal disease results in the loss of teeth, bone, and gum tissue, and extensive repair is then necessary to get the smile functional, healthy, and attractive.

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Treatment for periodontal disease will vary greatly, depending on the stage at which the condition has progressed. Gingivitis can be reversed simply with a deep cleaning of the teeth to remove plaque and tartar. Some patients may also be prescribed antibiotics to control the infection. However, the later stages require more invasive solutions which may be costly and time consuming. Avoiding the progression of the disease is the best way to reduce cost and ensure a healthy smile for life.

If you live in or around the community of Dolton or in the Chicago area, Dr. Dean Dietrich encourages you to book an appointment at the first sign of periodontal disease for immediate and early intervention. Contact Pleasant Dental® today to book your visit.

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