“I know I should go to the dentist,” Robin said. “But I’ve been avoiding it because I’m afraid they’ll tell me I have periodontal disease.” The Quincy mother of two watched her Mother-in-Law suffer from severe periodontal disease years ago. “I guess you can say I overcompensated – I’m almost compulsive about brushing my teeth and I make sure my kids do the same. But I just can’t face knowing the same fate awaits me.”
There’s good news for Robin. Periodontal disease can be prevented, and in its mild stages can be treated and reversed. The key to stopping periodontal disease in its tracks is to see your Quincy dentist for a screening. If any signs of periodontal disease are detected, you’ll learn what needs to be done to stop the progression and to get your gums healthy again.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease. It is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. This infection is caused by the sticky layer of bacteria that forms on our teeth known as plaque. One of the reasons regular tooth cleaning is so important is because it removes the plaque that causes gum disease.
Gum disease can be totally painless. The fact that your gums have become redder or slightly swollen is not something most people notice, even when looking at themselves in the mirror. At this stage, periodontal disease is known as gingivitis and responds well to treatment. Your Quincy dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly and work with you to develop a routine to keep the periodontal disease at bay.
When it comes to dental health, it’s always better to know what’s going on. Postponing care can result in a mild case of gingivitis developing into more significant periodontal disease. Sedation dentistry options are available if you’re extremely anxious about visiting the dentist – call our Quincy office for more details.