Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Treating Periodontal (Gum) Disease in Newton Centre, MA
More than 3 million annual cases of periodontal disease occur in the United States alone. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease attacks the gum and bone surrounding the teeth. There are often no symptoms until the disease is at an advanced level, making regular dental checkups imperative. Even if you brush and floss at home, it’s not always possible to reach the areas into which gum disease has progressed. At the Newton dental office of Dr. Kathleen Barrett, we’re highly experienced in prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is caused by an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth called plaque. If left unchecked, plaque hardens into tartar — a sticky film that is difficult to remove. In addition, tartar buildup leads to gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Often, gingivitis manifests with bleeding gums and inflammation; although, as mentioned previously, there are sometimes no symptoms. When symptoms of either gingivitis or more advanced periodontal disease occur, it’s crucial to see a dentist or Periodontist.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
You may experience several symptoms related to periodontal disease, depending upon the level of severity. Common symptoms of this condition include:
• Receding gums
• Redness, tenderness and inflammation of the gums
• Bleeding gums
• Tooth loss
• Sensitivity to hot and cold
• Bad breath
Depending on how bad the problem is, you may have no symptoms or numerous symptoms. In addition, gum disease has been linked to other diseases such as heart disease. Bacteria in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body, causing harmful inflammation. The only way to find out the severity of gum disease is with a comprehensive dental exam, which we offer in our high-tech Newton Periodontal office.
Risk Factors and Prevention
Understanding your risk factors is one part of preventing gum disease in the first place. If you know you’re at a higher risk for this condition, you can go the extra mile to prevent it. While anyone can get periodontal disease, there are certain factors that raise your risk, including:
• Hormonal fluctuations
• Other medical conditions
• Certain medications
Even if you don’t have any underlying risk factors for gingivitis or gum disease, you still might develop it if you don’t practice proper oral hygiene. In addition to brushing and flossing at home, it’s important to get regular dental exams and cleanings.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
If you’re diagnosed with periodontal disease, there are a variety of potential treatment routes. Sometimes, antibiotic therapy is necessary to take care of infection. Tartar buildup can be removed at Dr. Barrett’s office using specialized dental equipment. The exact treatment course for gum disease will, of course, depend on your actual diagnosis. What works for one patient may not be best for another; we give each and every patient individualized dental treatment customized to meet their unique needs.
Schedule Your Appointment with our Newton Centre Periodontist
Don’t risk letting gingivitis or gum disease go untreated. Call Dr. Kathleen Barrett’s office at 617-965-3830 today to schedule your appointment
. Dr. Barrett and her highly experienced staff not only handle gum disease, but offer an array of other dental services as well. The office is located in Newton — Route 9 East and West — near the Chestnut Hill Mall; across from the former Atrium Shopping Plaza. Come see us, your Newton Periodontist and dental professionals and get on the path to healthy teeth and gums — which is definitely something to smile about!