Gum disease is an extremely common, yet highly preventable oral condition that can become periodontitis if left untreated. The skilled dental team at Horizon Family Dental Care specializes in periodontics, so they help prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal diseases for patients of all ages. With office locations in Baltimore, Clinton, and Hanover, Maryland, there’s a skilled periodontist near you, ready to provide effective treatments for infected gums so your mouth can heal. Don’t wait to seek treatment for gum disease. Call to make an appointment or book online today.
Periodontics Q & A
What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and expert treatment for men, women, and children who have gum disease, or periodontal disease. The field of periodontics also includes placing dental implants and treating oral inflammation. The periodontists at Horizon Family Dental Care are skilled in the latest treatments and techniques for restoring your gums to health and helping you prevent a recurrence of periodontal problems.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a common condition in which your gums become inflamed, painful, and infected. They may even bleed at times. Left untreated, periodontal disease can advance to a more serious form of the disease and lead to tooth loss. There are a few stages of periodontal disease:
- Gingivitis - minor swelling around your gums
- Periodontitis - your gums begin to pull away from your teeth
- Advanced periodontitis - irreversible damage to oral tissue that typically leads to tooth loss
Periodontal disease begins with plaque buildup around your teeth, along your gum line. It’s often the result of poor oral hygiene practices, which is one reason it’s so important to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Plaque contains bacteria which leads to infection in your gums.
What are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
While your symptoms may be mild at first and begin with puffy, swollen gums, there are signs that the disease is progressing. These signs typically include:
- Bleeding gums after brushing your teeth
- Gums that recede from your teeth
- Bad breath
- Oozing pus around your teeth and gums
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Painful chewing
- New gaps between your teeth as your teeth shift
- Loose teeth
- A change in your bite pattern
If any of these symptoms persist, the Horizon Family Dental Care team offers a variety of treatment options. They customize a plan that’s best for your individual needs so you can get rid of your infection and halt the progression of gum disease.
For state-of-the-art periodontics treatments and a caring dental team who makes your comfort their top priority, call Horizon Family Dental Care. You can also use the online booking system.