My dentist says I have periodontal disease, what does it mean?
If your dentist tells you that you have periodontal disease this means you have gum disease, which is very common and will affect most adults at some point during their lifetime. You’ve probably noticed that your gums bleed when you brush you teeth, or you may have bad breath, these are the most notable signs of gum disease.
So why does it happen?
If plaque builds up on the teeth the bacteria within it can irritate the gum and cause inflammation, which is why the gums will bleed, become sore and sometimes even appear swollen. If left untreated, gum disease can become periodontitis, which can affect the jawbone that holds the teeth in place. In these cases the teeth may become loose and eventually fall out, which is why we always stress the importance of a good oral hygiene regime at home, alongside regular dental check ups and hygienist appointments in order to check that everything is fine or quickly spot if it’s not.
As every patient is unique, your dentist and hygienist will work together to create a treatment plan that is perfectly tailored to your individual needs. In many cases the plaque build up will be professionally removed by the hygienist first, then your gum disease can be treated with tweaks to your oral health regime at home by including things like flossing or interdental cleaning. You will be advised when to attend for follow up appointments 2-6 months apart in order to ensure things are improving.
In instances where the gum disease is more advanced, the treatment process is a little different. Plaque build up will be removed but this will also include scaling the roots of the teeth and any infected areas of the gums will also be treated with antibiotics. After this, you will have a review appointment 6 weeks later to check whether there is still any bleeding or infected areas, further treatment will be advised if this is the case. If things have improved then you will begin our hygiene maintenance programme with regular appointments to keep on top of things.
Restore Healthy Gums
If you have noticed bleeding gums or bad breath, don’t leave things to get out of hand. Call our friendly reception team on 0151 541 0550 to book a check up today!