At Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants, Dr. Felts and Dr. Randall help prevent, detect, and treat periodontal disease (gum disease) in Chattanooga, TN, and Dalton, GA. Gum disease often has no signs or symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced stage. Understanding periodontal disease and how it affects your teeth and overall well-being can help you prioritize gum health. Dr. Felts and Dr. Randall are periodontists—gum specialists with advanced training in the tools and techniques to prevent and control periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection of the soft tissues and bone surrounding and supporting your teeth. Naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth mix with starches and sugars from food, forming a sticky film called plaque. Without regular flossing and brushing, plaque clings to the teeth and hardens into tartar or “calculus”. The bacteria travel beneath your gumline, causing inflammation and infection. Gum disease occurs in two stages, gingivitis and periodontitis. Sometimes, periodontal disease even affects people with good oral hygiene habits.
Gingivitis is the early, mild stage of periodontal disease. It is reversible. Although you may experience no signs or symptoms of gingivitis, some people may notice the following:
Periodontitis is advanced gum disease resulting from untreated gingivitis. Its stages range from initial to severe. Plaque bacteria will break down gum tissue, tooth ligaments, and supporting bone. As the disease progresses, gums separate from teeth and form pockets. You may also notice these signs and symptoms:
Periodontal disease affects more than your teeth, gums, and supporting bone; it affects your overall well-being. Studies show a link between periodontal disease and other systemic diseases. Also, gum disease can affect teeth function and your quality of life.
Periodontal disease is interrelated with several health concerns:
Loose or missing teeth from periodontal disease affect your quality of life, which may result in limited options for tooth replacement.
If you think you have gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Felts or Dr. Randall for an evaluation and accurate diagnosis. One of our periodontists will explain your options for controlling the condition and develop a treatment plan.
Periodontal disease is preventable and treatable.
Preventing Gum Disease – You can protect your oral health with thorough oral hygiene. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends flossing at least once daily and brushing twice daily. Floss first to remove food particles and plaque between your teeth and along the gum line. Some patients also want the reassurance of a comprehensive periodontal evaluation from Dr. Felts or Dr. Randall and schedule yearly visits.
Controlling Gum Disease – After gingivitis or periodontitis treatment, your maintenance program may include getting exams and cleanings from your dentist and hygienist more often. Maintaining the schedule will help prevent gum disease flare-ups.
Optimal gum health begins at home with regular brushing and flossing. Still, if you think you have periodontal disease, Dr. Felts or Dr. Randall at Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants can evaluate your gum health. They develop treatment plans for patients in Chattanooga, TN, and Dalton, GA, protecting or restoring their health from gingivitis and periodontitis. Call us today or complete our contact form to request a consultation, exam, or comprehensive periodontal evaluation.
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