Houston, TX area patients who are interested in maintaining a healthy smile, will want to be well-versed in conditions that can impact their oral health, including that of periodontal disease.
What is periodontal disease?
Also known as gum disease, this condition involved inflammation and infection of the soft tissues in the mouth. It begins as a mild problem, and without treatment, can become a serious issue that can impact the health of the smile and cause irreversible damage to the gums, bone, and teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that begins an infection, which can then spread elsewhere through the body through the oral systemic connection. At Peters Dental Associates, our team provides diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance.
• Diagnosis – the diagnosis of gum disease is made during an evaluation. Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr. will physically examine the smile and look for pockets that can develop between the gum tissues and the natural teeth. Patients may even notice signs and symptoms including red, bleeding gums when brushing and flossing and even persistent bad breath. This may be an indication that periodontal disease is present and should be evaluated immediately for diagnosis.
• Treatment – once diagnosed, patients will need to work with a dental professional to learn about effective treatment options. Treatment may include a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums or a more invasive option such as scaling and root planing. In many instances, patients may also use antibiotics to control their infection.
• Maintenance – unfortunately, periodontal disease cannot be cured, but it can be managed with proper maintenance. Patients who have periodontal disease will want to see their dentist more often for cleanings and evaluations to monitor their oral health and wellness over time.
Interested in discussing the health of your smile with a professional?
Our team is here to help you enjoy a smile free from periodontal disease and dental decay. We welcome patients in and around the area of Houston, TX to visit Dr. M. H. Peers, Jr. for an evaluation. Call (281) 486-8061 today and visit the office at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard, Suite 100. We accept new patients and families into our facility for comprehensive care.