[Everyone knows to take care of their teeth, but gums are just as important to keep up with in order to keep your mouth healthy. Here are the ins and outs of periodontitis, and how the new Smile Workshop Forney can help.
What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a disease in the gums. It begins as gingivitis, which is a slight swelling of the gums. You may have gingivitis if your gums ache, or if your gums bleed while flossing and brushing. It can also cause bad breath. When gingivitis worsens, it becomes periodontitis, which is when the gums start receding from the teeth. This can make teeth look very long, and become sensitive. Full-fledged periodontitis occurs when ligaments and bone in the jaw become infected, causing pain in your teeth. If not treated by your local dentist, teeth can become loose, or even fall out.
Periodontitis prevention is relatively simple. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will usually prevent gingivitis and periodontitis. Make sure you brush well where your teeth meet your gums using a soft bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. A very thin toothbrush used alongside your normal toothbrush can help reach this area to ensure everything is nice and clean. Regular visits to your Smile Workshop Forney dentist are the best way to ensure you aren’t on your way to gum disease.
Treatment of periodontitis depends on the severity of the infection. In the case of gingivitis, treatment can be as simple as a regular cleaning. If not taken care of in a timely manner, further treatments such as medication or surgery may be necessary. Lost teeth from gum disease can be fixed with implants, dentures, or bridges. Smile Workshop can take care of this for you.
If you show any of the symptoms listed above, the new Smile Workshop Forney has you covered. Give us a call or schedule an appointment today!
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