Regular check-ups are important to help you maintain good overall health. Some diseases or medical conditions have signs that can appear in the mouth. Diabetes, nutritional and vitamin deficiencies and hormonal irregularities are some examples. In addition, by identifying precancerous changes in your mouth, we can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be treated most successfully.
Regular dental visits can also help to detect gum disease. You may be unaware that you have gum disease because it does not always hurt. We can check the health of your gums and ensure that all is well.
Regular dental visits are also important for denture wearers to help ensure a proper fit. With regular dental visits, we can detect tooth decay early, which can save you time, money and your teeth!
And finally, even if you thoroughly brush and floss between your teeth each day, your teeth need and deserve a professional cleaning at the dental office. Professional cleaning helps remove stains, plaque and tartar from your teeth, helps prevent gum disease and keeps your smile looking great.
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Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Your gum tissue is not attached to the teeth as high as it may seem. There is a very shallow v-shaped crevice called a sulcus between the tooth and gums. Periodontal diseases attack just below the gum line in the sulcus, where they cause the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues to break down. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket: generally, the more severe the disease, the greater the depth of the pocket.
Periodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the disease. The two major stages are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. Gingivitis may lead to more serious, destructive forms of periodontal disease called periodontitis.
Some factors increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:
Tobacco smoking or chewing,
systemic diseases such as diabetes,
some types of medication such as steroids, types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers, oral contraceptives, and most importantly from saliva from a patient who has periodontal disease.
Several warning signs that can signal a problem:
Gums that bleed easily,
red, swollen, tender gums,
gums that have pulled away from the teeth ,
persistent bad breath or bad taste,
permanent teeth that are loose or separating,
any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite,and
any change in the fit of partial dentures.
It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. You donít have to lose teeth to periodontal disease. Brush, floss between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles. (Source, American Dental Association)