Almost half of American adults have periodontal
disease, also known as gum disease. Untreated gum disease in Miami, FL, can lead to significant problems, such as
losing teeth. Additionally, there are links between periodontal disease and
chronic health conditions, including stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and
heart disease. That is why Dr. Ross at South Florida Periodontics & Dental
Implants regularly screens patients for signs of the disease. It is important
for you to recognize the symptoms as well so that you get help early and
prevent some of the complications of the disease.
of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease occurs when the gums become
inflamed due to excessive bacteria, tartar and/or plaque. The early stage is
known as gingivitis, and without treatment, it can progress into periodontitis
and advanced periodontitis. The most common symptoms include:
Swollen and inflamed gums
In more serious cases, you might see:
Spaces between teeth
Pus between gums and teeth
The sooner you get treatment, the better
outcome you will have. The earliest stages are generally fully reversible, but it gets harder the longer you let it progress.
There is treatment that can help to diminish
and even cure the symptoms. Undergoing special periodontal treatment is the first
step. This often includes special cleaning that gets into the spaces between
the gum and teeth to get rid of bacteria so that the gum can grow. Good oral
hygiene is also key, including regular brushing and flossing. More severe cases
might require surgery or other therapies.
Treating your gum disease in Miami, FL, should help reduce your bad breath. However, there is more you
can do, including:
Behavior changes, such as quitting smoking
Diet changes, including limiting sweets
Bad Breath Today
Contact us today to schedule an appointment
with Dr. Ross. He will review your case and determine a treatment plan,
including cleaning treatments that will also improve your halitosis.
Currently rated by 0 people
Comments are closed for this post, but if you have spotted an error or have additional info that you think should be in this post, feel free to contact us.