Periodontitis is a major disease of the gums caused due to the microbes in the mouth. The disease is characterized by the decay of the gum tissues, which mas-sively affects the oral health of the patient.
We have a well-trained team along with excellent dentists such as Drs. Thor G. Thorson, Stephen S. Garner who have treated several patients with periodontal disease in the past. Our practice in Yuma, AZ is one of the best and most popular ones in the region known to provide top-notch oral care to all our patients.
What are the causes of periodontitis?
- Poor oral hygiene (improper brushing and flossing)
- Accumulated plaque and tartar on the teeth
- Root canal infection
- Ill effects of certain medication
- Chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes
- Poor nutrition
- External injuries to the gums and teeth
No matter how well we brush and floss our teeth, some microbes do get left behind on them. The usually feed on the food particles in the mouth and the thin layer of sugary content left on the teeth and gums. They multiply constantly and rapidly to increase in number, and release toxic acids that are capable of eroding the enamel and infecting the gums.
What are its symptoms?
- Bleeding of the gums
- Inflammation and severe pain while brushing and eating food
- Release of pus and formation of an abscess
- Decaying of the gum tissues
- Receding of gums below the natural gum line
- The teeth may loosen from their sockets
How does one prevent periodontitis?
The best way to counter periodontitis is by practicing effective oral hygiene. As we know by now, the main cause of such gum diseases is the accumulated plaque and tartar on the teeth. If this can be avoided, the chances of developing periodontitis are reduced drastically. Dentists recommend brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Also, regular oral consultations are necessary to check for infections and to keep diseases at bay.
During your visit to our practice, we would carry out a thorough screening of the teeth, gums and soft tissues of the mouth. Scaling and root planing would be done to remove the tartar deposits from the surface of the teeth and the roots respectively. Also, the gums would be checked for signs of redness, inflammation, release of pus and decay of tissues. In case of any such signs, appropriate treatment would be given and medication would be prescribed.
Call us at (928) 317-1900 or schedule an online appointment to get the best dental services in the Yuma, AZ region.