Periodontal Dentistry in Boston, MA

Periodontal Dentistry in Boston, MA

Poor brushing and flossing practices allow plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, to build upon the teeth and harden. Periodontal disease in its extreme stages can cause irritated, bleeding gums, painful chewing problems, and even tooth loss. Periodontal treatments are available at Dental Arts of Boston to help improve and maintain healthy gums.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal means "around the tooth," so periodontal disease is an infection and inflammation of the gums, ligaments, or bone that surround your teeth that can range in severity. Gingivitis is an early stage in which the infection is solely located in your gums, which become inflamed, red, and may even bleed. Gingivitis is curable, and the consequences can be reversed if identified early enough.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease symptoms include red and swollen gums, bleeding gums during brushing, persistent poor breath, receding gums, and loose teeth. Periodontal disease is made more likely by smoking, age, stress, and other reasons. Periodontal disease, if not treated properly, can result in tooth loss.

Causes of Gum Disease

Hormonal changes in women during adolescence, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause make their gums more sensitive and gingivitis more likely to develop.

Poor oral hygiene habits, such as failing to brush and floss every day, as well as inherited factors, such as a family history of dental issues, can all contribute to the development of gingivitis.

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

The first step in treating periodontal disease is scaling and root planing. This is a thorough cleaning to remove bacterial plaque and calculus. The root surfaces of the teeth will be smoothed after root planing. During follow-up appointments, your dentist will assess the effectiveness of this therapy. Periodontal surgery may be considered if severe periodontal pockets and infection persist.

How to Prevent Gum Disease?

Because periodontitis and advanced stages of periodontal disease cannot be reversed, it is critical to create a preventative care program before the illness progresses.

Brushing and flossing your teeth daily, done correctly, will eliminate plaque from your teeth and prevent build-up. It is also recommended that you visit your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas. If you already have periodontal disease, your dentist or periodontist may advise you to visit more frequently and follow a more severe treatment plan.

Get in touch with Dental Arts Of Boston to get the best periodontal treatments. To schedule an appointment, call Dentist Boston MA at (617) 266-0441 or visit our office at 126 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02116.

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