Dr. M. H. Peters, Jr. is a dental professional at Peters Dental Associates who believe in providing patients with the solutions they need to maintain healthy smiles. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious condition that cannot be left untreated. This is because it can cause permanent, irreversible damage to the teeth, bone, and gum tissues. Learning about periodontal disease and how to avoid it, as well as how to get it properly diagnosed for treatment, can be discussed with our dentist.
What is periodontal disease?
Also referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease is an infection in the oral cavity. It typically begins on the gum tissue, and bacteria can spread and cause damage everywhere. Periodontal disease has different stages, and the earliest stage, called gingivitis, is the easiest to spot. The symptoms of gingivitis include red and swollen gum tissue, persistent bad breath, and bleeding when patients floss and brush their teeth. When these signs begin to show, it is essential that patients visit their dentist as soon as possible for a proper diagnoses and to discuss treatment options. If left untreated, patients may notice shrinking gum tissue, bone loss, and even loose teeth. Early intervention is key to addressing these issues and ensuring the smile stays healthy.
How is periodontal disease diagnosed?
Dr. M. H. Peters, Jr. will diagnose patients with periodontal disease with both a physical evaluation and x-rays. He is able to check pocket depth, the area between the gum tissue and the natural teeth, and measure this to get a baseline. Then, with appropriate treatment, he can continually measure these pocket depths to monitor improvement.
Schedule your appointment at Peters Dental Associates today!
If you are interested in learning more about how to protect your smile from periodontal disease and enjoy better oral health and wellness, we encourage you to learn about preventative care with our team of professionals in Houston, TX. Call Dr. M. H. Peters, Jr. today at (281) 486-8061 and visit the office at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard, Suite #100. We provide general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions for new and existing patients in the community.