Periodontal disease is a condition that can cause an infection throughout the smile that can have a serious impact on the natural smile. In fact, it can be carried through the patient’s bloodstream and affect other areas of the body, causing bacteria to become a serious issue in areas more than just the mouth. Conditions such as these need to be diagnosed early and treated as soon as possible to avoid further issues that can cause irreversible damage to the teeth, gums, and even the underlying bone.
There are many signs that may develop that can indicate the periodontal disease is present. This includes:
- Persistent halitosis
- Bleeding and swelling of the gums
- Loosening teeth
- Bone loss
- Shrinking gum tissue
When any of these issues are present, it is essential that patients get into the dental office to get a thorough evaluation performed by the Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr. of Peters Dental Associates.
Periodontal disease is treated depending on the stage at which it has reached. For example, if the condition is just beginning, the dentist may be able to perform a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums to reduce the risk of further infection. However, later stages may require more extensive treatment, including scaling and root planing or the application of antibiotics.
Periodontal disease is completely preventable. Patients can keep their smile healthy with proper home health care and routine visits to the dentist for evaluations and cleanings. As soon as the condition is found, it can be treated and reversed before it becomes a further issue.
Have you been diagnosed with periodontal disease?
If you have been working with a dentist and have found that periodontal disease is present in your smile, it is time to work with a dental practice that has your best interests at heart! At Peters Dental Associates, our professionals can assist with diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal disease and other conditions that can negatively impact the smile. Contact Dr. M.H. Peters, Jr. and his team today in Houston, TX by calling (281) 486-8061 and visit the office personally at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard, Suite 100.