When most people think of doing things that are healthy, their minds turn to such things as a healthy diet, regular exercise, and getting enough sleep. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that the status and condition of their oral health can play a significant role in their general overall health, as well.
If you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease in Phoenix, it’s not anything to ignore – even if there is no pain involved. Also known as gingivitis, periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, the loss of teeth, or worse – heart disease.
Although painful, red, and swollen gums are often early indicators of early periodontal disease, those symptoms may not always be present. However, most patients do report the appearance of blood when they brush and floss their teeth. Because of this, it’s vitally important that you mention bleeding gums to your dental professional during your regularly scheduled exam or professional cleaning.
One of the first lines of defense against the spread of periodontal disease is to undergo a treatment known as dental scaling and root planning which involves the use of ultra-sonic equipment to deeply clean the build-up of plaque above and beneath the gum line. If your periodontal disease needs additional treatment, there is a surgical procedure that can be performed that is known as gingival flap surgery. Your dentist can discuss in detail what this procedure entails, but it’s important to point out that in most cases the surgery can be avoided completely with the use of adequate oral hygiene care at home and regularly scheduled exams and cleanings at your dentist.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with periodontal disease or gingivitis, you probably have more questions than Open Wide Dental could answer here. Our caring and professional staff at our conveniently located Phoenix office is always available to answer whatever questions you have so you can enjoy oral health as much as you do your general health!