What is Periodontal Disease?

What is Periodontal Disease?Is it normal for your hands to bleed after washing them? It’s pretty obvious that the answer is no! Why then do many people think it’s normal for their gums to bleed after blushing or flossing? What many people don’t realize is that bleeding gums are an early sign that your gums could be infected, which can lead to gum disease, also called periodontal disease. At Perio Protect, one of our missions is to educate the general public about the seriousness of gum disease and the importance of treatment.

Is Periodontal Disease Serious?

Periodontal disease can be a serious problem. You want to try to catch and arrest it in the early stages. The initial bacteria that grow on tooth surfaces can move lower between your teeth and gums and develop spaces called pockets. The pockets provide a protective area for more bacterial growth. Gums can become red, tender, or swollen and foul odors can result. This early stage is called gingivitis and can be reversed. If the disease is not addressed properly or if it is ignored, it can advance to the more serious form, called periodontitis, which affects not only the soft gingival tissue surrounding the tooth but also the underlying bone structure.

What is the Cause of Gum Disease?

Researchers have known for years that bacteria prompt gum infections and kick off the body’s defensive responses. The infectious cycle and resulting inflammation is what ultimately leads to the disease. Scientists also have found links between gum disease and other more serious medical problems such as stroke, premature births, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions.

How Can Periodontal Disease be Treated?

Gum diseases have long been treated with a deep cleaning process called scaling and, in more serious cases, with gum surgery. Scaling involves the removal of as much bacteria as possible from the roots of your teeth. Because roots are so sensitive, this process often requires analgesics or numbing agents and then subsequent cleanings must be repeated quite often, usually every three months. Surgery is reserved for more advanced cases and also requires three-month maintenance visits to prevent the disease from advancing further.

At Perio Protect, we’re proud to offer an additional option by way of the patented Perio Tray. This medicine delivery system uses a specially formed tray that is custom designed for your mouth and is able to deliver medication deep under your gums. This way you can receive minimally invasive treatment in conjunction with your regular dental visits. While brushing, flossing and rinsing can help to reduce plaque in your mouth, these don’t get deep enough below the gums to manage the bacteria that cause most patients to struggle with gum disease.

Reach out to a Perio Protect provider today to learn more about this easy, supplemental treatment for those suffering from periodontal gum disease. Feel free to contact our team at 877-434-GUMS and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

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