Periodontal disease – what you should do about it.
Periodontal disease will only get worse if left untreated, so get cracking right away on tackling the problem.
We had cause to visit our local G.P. recently to have our annual flu shot. We’ve been dealing with the same doctor for decades, and he’s a lovely man who loves to chat to his patients.
Obviously, at this time of year, the topic of conversation came around to colds and flus, and we asked him if he came under huge pressure to offer a ‘quick fix’ to his patients.
He’s a very wise man and gave us a simple piece of advice when it comes to handling seasonal colds. In his opinion, the typical symptoms will last from anything from three to five days, but assuming you rest up for a bit and give your body a chance to heal itself, you should be fully back on your feet after the few days have passed.
The body is brilliant in this regards, and has an inbuilt ability to heal itself in the face of many common ailments. Periodontal disease is not one of them, however, and of you start to experience any symptoms, you need to visit your dentist as soon as possible.
What is periodontal disease?
Before we go any further, lets start by offering you a working definition of what periodontics is all about. Quite simply, it is the branch of dentistry that occupies itself with the structures that surround and support your teeth.
You can see, therefore, how serious a condition periodontal disease can be. If the structures around your teeth come under threat, then eventually your teeth are at risk.
What are the warning signs?
Thankfully, if you keep a wary eye on your teeth and gums, you’ll be able to spot the signs of impending trouble easily enough. Among the most common warning signs are:
• A sudden reddening or inflammation that crops up around the gums. If you check yourself in the mirror on a regular basis, you can easily spot this symptom.
• Another warning sign to look out for (with the help of a mirror) is a noticeable loss of bone density.
How quickly does gum disease spread?
The moist, warm conditions inside your mouth are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria. So once it arrives, it can spread very quickly if left unchecked. Fortunately, however, a periodontist can reverse the condition fairly easily once you catch it early.
Is gum disease common?
Very much so. In fact, at any given moment, the majority of us may be suffering from some degree of gum disease. With the help of early periodontal treatment, however, you can get on top of the condition and avert problems down the line such as a periodontal abscess – or loss of teeth in extreme circumstances.
If you're concerned that you may be suffering from gum disease and would like to know more about the topic, we recommend that you check out this link from our friends at Colgate - http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/gum-disease/article/fighting-gum-disease-how-to-keep-your-teeth