The number one cause of tooth loss in adults according to the American Dental Association, periodontal disease is a slowly progressing condition that, in many cases, reaches its harmful later stages before patients even realize its presence. Luckily, you can prevent this condition and ensure that your teeth are healthy with help from your local dentist! Find out more about periodontal disease prevention by reading below, and for treatment, contact one of Dr. Heidi Wettels' offices in either Woodstock or New Paltz, NY.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease begins as bacteria on the surface of the teeth. If left to grow, the bacteria turns into a sticky substance called plaque. This plaque then hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by professional teeth cleaning. Failure to have the tartar removed will lead to cavities and eventually cause gum disease—a name used interchangeably with periodontal disease.
Do I have gum disease?
Periodontal issues have some tell-tale signs that some patients may write off as normal. These issues include:
- Unexplained bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Red, irritated gum tissue
- Swollen or sore gums
- Receding gums
- Sensitive teeth
Periodontal disease treatments available at our offices in Woodstock and New Paltz, NY
Treating mild cases of periodontal disease, such as gingivitis, may only require a professional tooth cleaning and consistent flossing to heal. However, more advanced cases require a professional deep cleaning or flap surgery to fully cure the teeth of infection and allow them to heal.
Concerned? Give us a call!
Periodontal disease has the potential to seriously harm your mouth. If you are concerned that you may have this condition, don't wait—please contact Dr. Heidi Wettels to schedule an appointment in Woodstock or New Paltz, NY, today. Dial (845) 679-6083 to schedule an appointment in Woodstock, or (845) 244-3082 to schedule an appointment in New Paltz.