When Should I See a Dentist for Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” is a condition that can dramatically impact the smile in a negative way. While dental decay is a common concern and can damage the natural tooth structure, periodontal disease can be far more devastating. Periodontal disease is an infection that develops and starts in the soft gum tissues. Without proper diagnosis and treatment in the earliest stages, patients may experience periodontitis and the problems that come with it—including gum loss, bone loss, and tooth loss.

How does periodontal disease start?

Most cases of periodontal disease are caused by poor oral health habits. When bacteria in the mouth is not properly handled by the patient and dental team, it can result in the beginning stages of infection. This first stage of periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, can be treated when addressed as soon as possible. Most patients will undergo a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums to treat the infection, while taking antibiotics to control the infection from the inside out. Later stages of periodontal disease require the dentist to perform more invasive procedures, such as scaling and root planing, to achieve results. Once the condition has been diagnosed, it cannot be cured, only maintained ad controlled with proper oral health habits.

When should I see a dentist for periodontal disease?

At any point in time when patients think that periodontal disease is present, they should speak with their dentist for a proper evaluation. Once the condition has been diagnosed, patients should follow the recommendations of Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano to eradicate the problem and restore oral health and wellness Patients should never let periodontal disease go undiagnosed and untreated as it can greatly impact the future of their smile.

Are you worried about periodontal disease?

Sometimes, brushing and flossing of the teeth cannot be used to bring the smile back to health after periodontal disease has been diagnosed, making it more important than ever to visit with a dentist. Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano of Pittsford, NY encourages patients to come into the practice to receive periodontal treatment. The office can be reached at (585) 248-2383.

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