Nearly 75% of the American population suffers from some level of periodontal disease, and what’s worse is that a large portion of those patients don’t even realize it! Gingivitis (the first stage of periodontal disease) in teenagers is becoming more and more common as well. While this common condition may not seem too dangerous at first, it can quickly progress, leading to severe damage such as tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. Here at Steadman Family Dentistry, our dental team is determined to educate and treat patients in a personal, individualized manner. With patient education, comprehensive examinations, periodontal maintenance, revitalizing therapy, and much more available, patients of all ages can find the help they need.
Common signs of periodontal disease include:
- Significant bad breath that lingers even after you have brushed/flossed/used mouthwash
- Bleeding that occurs when brushing or flossing
- Gums that are tender or swollen
- Teeth that feel strangely loose
- A sudden change in the way your bite feels
If you’re still in the early stages of periodontal disease, more frequent maintenance appointments with our team may be enough to effectively manage your condition. Moderate to severe cases of periodontal disease may require scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) to aggressively clean the root surfaces below the gum tissue. In extreme cases of periodontal disease patients may require surgery. In these cases, the doctors can offer a personalized schedule of periodontal maintenance, as well as coordination with a specialist, to ensure that you are able to preserve the health of your teeth and gums as thoroughly as possible. Our team will always explain the available options and help you decide what works best for you.