Periodontal disease is inflammation around the tooth. This means inflammation and disease of the gum and bones. At Patrick V. Nicosia, DDS, MS, Inc. in Houston, TX, we worry about periodontal disease and take it very seriously. Letting it go untreated can lead to tooth loss.
There are ways to prevent periodontal disease and ways to treat it. At Patrick V. Nicosia, DDS, MS, Inc., we can perform all the necessary treatment procedures, but prevention is also a priority.
Periodontitis occurs when people don’t take good care of their teeth and oral hygiene. With a few simple steps, you can keep your teeth in great shape and never have to worry about such serious conditions.
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is something all dentists hold in high regard. Why? The answer is that because brushing your teeth removes bacteria and food particles, which can be damaging. Flossing at least once per day is also recommended for the same reasons. Doing these two activities daily can save you lots of trouble.
It’s also important to visit a dentist every 6 months. During these visits, your teeth will be cleaned, and a check-up will be performed. Cleaning includes the removal of plaques that can harbor bacteria. The value of a check-up is that early disease can be detected and treated before it gets worse.
Not surprisingly, the treatment carries many of the same elements of prevention. Cleaning your teeth from rough patches and collections of bacteria can go a long way in stopping the infection from progressing. We’ll also most likely prescribe you some antibiotics.
These antibiotics can be in the form of a gel, mouth rinse, or pills. Pills are usually needed in more severe disease. Gels and rinses work locally, but pills affect the entire body.
For when there’s serious damage to the gums and bones with tissue loss, surgery might be required. This is a very late stage that we hope people don’t get to.
Periodontal disease is serious and needs to be dealt with urgently. Without treatment, teeth can get loose and then fall. We have all the training and equipment to deal with any case of periodontitis regardless of its severity.
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