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Gingivitis in Atlanta, GA
Periodontal treatment looks like a big fancy word, but it’s not when you break it down. It translates to something along the lines of “next to the teeth” treatment. What’s next to our teeth? Our gums are there. People tend to focus on teeth and believe that they’re the only and most important objects in their oral cavities.
Gums are just as valuable. They hold our teeth together and serve lots of other important functions. The disease affecting the gums is called periodontitis. When your gums are infected or diseased, they need periodontal treatment.
The first stage is a simple inflammation known as gingivitis. You can tell your gums are inflamed if they’re too red or they bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. Left untreated, gingivitis will progress to periodontal disease.
In the earliest stages of periodontal disease, the gums start to pull away from the teeth and small gaps form. These gaps are terrible, and we hate them here at Creative Dentistry of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA, because bacteria can live in them and replicate, leading to a worse infection.
Moderate periodontitis is characterized by weakness of the jawbones. Patients start to notice their teeth becoming loose. Eventually, the teeth will likely be lost if the condition progresses to severe periodontitis.
Risk Factors for Periodontitis
Poor oral and dental hygiene is the biggest risk factor for the development of periodontitis. Brushing and flossing regularly keep your teeth clean and prevent the build-up of bacteria. Without bacteria, there won’t be toxins, and therefore there won’t be inflammation.
Smoking and diabetes are two other important risk factors that increase a person’s likelihood of getting periodontitis. Diabetes weakens our immune systems, and so does smoking. Certain drugs that cause dry mouth and vitamin deficiencies also predispose people to periodontitis.
Naturally, the most important step in the prevention of the condition is taking good care of your oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. You should also visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and dental cleaning. The best way to fight periodontitis is to stop it from happening.