Everyone knows it’s important to take good care of your teeth and to brush and floss them daily. What not everyone understands is, the health of your gums is just as important. If you do not take proper care of your gum tissue, you can develop periodontal disease. Here at Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston we treat gum disease.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
One obvious sign of periodontal disease is bleeding gums when a patient brushes or flosses. Halitosis can be caused by the harmful bacteria responsible for periodontal disease. When teeth wiggle or become loose, that can be an indicator of periodontal disease as well. Gums that are red, tender, or receding could be due to periodontal disease. When patients feel pain while chewing, that can be a warning sign of periodontal disease.
The first step in the treatment of periodontitis is to remove bacteria from the mouth. To accomplish this, our professionals perform root scaling and root planing. Root scaling includes the extraction of plaque and tartar along the entire length of the tooth and below the gumline where a large accumulation of plaque resides. As the gums have receded, there is an excessive exposure of teeth that may make it easier to miss spots when brushing, resulting in more chances of developing tooth decay along with the gum disease. Root planing involves smoothing the tooth surface to remove rough areas where bacteria can hide. Patients with periodontitis should receive regular follow-up visits every three to six months. Our professionals can also recommend antibiotics to keep the bacteria under control.
Preventing Gum Disease
Our patients should always take care of their mouths every day at home between visits. Our patients should brush their teeth twice a day, as it only takes 24 hours to start developing plaque on the teeth. Our professionals advise our patients to brush at the gumline where plaque is likely to form. In addition, patients should replace their toothbrushes every three months for effective teeth and gum cleaning. Patients will need to floss daily as well. Sugary food and drinks and starches can create an atmosphere in which bacteria can thrive. Our team encourages patients to eat a diet consisting full of nutritious proteins, leafy greens, and fruits, and to minimize candy and unhealthy snacks. Foods such as broccoli, celery, salmon, kale, spinach, and cheese are a healthy part of the diet and will benefit both the body and the mouth. Patients are also urged to analyze their lifestyle and make changes such as reducing stress, increasing relaxation, and removing toxic chemicals from their workspaces and their homes.
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment
If you are suffering from oral health issues, our team at Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston can assist you. If you wish to speak with our professionals and schedule an appointment, please call our team at 713-785-9599.