Periodontitis is what happens to you when you don't take care of your teeth and gums. Periodontal Disease refers to the many different diseases that affect the tissues around your teeth (gums).
Symptoms of the disease include bleeding when brushing, swelling of the gums, gum recession of an apparent lengthening of the teeth and eventually, loose teeth. (Other things like aggressive brushing or a hard toothbrush can cause some of these symptoms.)
Besides regular brushing and flossing, there are other things we can do to prevent periodontal disease. 1) Use a soft tooth brush. 2) Use antiseptic mouthwash. 3) Have regular dental check ups to identify possible early signs of the disease.
It is much easier and less expensive to prevent periodontal disease than it is to treat it especially in its later tooth loosening stages. If you've noticed bleeding, swelling or receding gums, schedule a visit today to learn what can be done to treat your gums and prevent further damage, even tooth loss.
If you hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care and offices, and you can't block them out, then you may want to "sleep" while you have your dental work done.
Recent research indicates that the number one reason adults postpone needed dental care is fear. That's right, not time, not money, but fear! Yet dental decay and periodontal disease don't strike only those who aren't afraid to visit the dentist.