What is periodontitis?
Created on July 30, 2022
At Taylor Street Dental of Springfield, MA, we believe that a proper foundation needs to be set to ensure you have a healthy smile for life. This includes avoiding conditions such as periodontitis. Taking good care of the smile can prevent this and other conditions from harming your oral health and wellness. Drs. Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo are available to educate patients on how to maintain a healthy smile and what signs of periodontitis to look for.
What is periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the tissues around your teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and the loss of gum tissue and jawbone.
What causes periodontitis?
The leading cause of periodontitis is plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth.
What puts me at risk of periodontitis?
Some factors that may increase your risk of periodontitis include smoking, diabetes, and certain medications. Individuals experiencing hormonal changes, such as pregnant women, may also find themselves at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease.
What are the symptoms of periodontitis?
Periodontitis often doesn’t have any symptoms in its early stages. As the disease progresses, you may experience redness and swelling in your gums, bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, and receding gums. You may also notice that your teeth appear longer than they used to because the gum tissue around them has started to shrink. If you have any of these symptoms, see the team at Taylor Street Dental right away.
What is the best treatment for periodontitis?
Periodontitis can be treated with a deep cleaning, antibiotics, or surgery. With early diagnosis and treatment, you can help prevent tooth loss and other complications from occurring. It takes hard work and consistency to treat periodontitis, so it is best for you to connect with a dentist you trust at our practice in Springfield, MA.
How do I learn more about preventing periodontitis?
Drs. Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo of Taylor Street Dental are here to help educate you on the ways to maintain a healthy smile. Call 413-781-7645 to request a consultation visit with our team and discuss the advantages of a healthy, beautiful smile!