Periodontitis – Am I at risk?

am i at risk for periodontitis

am i at risk for periodontitisServing Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN

Do you know what periodontitis is? If not, you should educate yourself, as this is a serious threat to both your oral health and overall health, because the majority of adults in America have some form of gum disease. Choto Family Dentistry wants to provide you with information regarding this serious oral health disease, as well as what you can do to protect yourself from it.

Learn the facts on periodontitis

An advanced stage of gum disease, periodontitis occurs when the gums become infected and begin to separate from your teeth, forming pockets between the gum line and the base of your teeth that become breeding grounds for bacteria, tooth decay, and eventual tooth loss. Other long-term consequences of periodontitis include infections, which can lead to the development of painful abscesses that even could threaten your life if the harmful bacteria enter the bloodstream, where it can lead to heart disease or stroke. Another long-term ramification of untreated periodontitis is an elevated risk of cardiac disease‚ÄĒpotentially doubly as hazardous, as the plaque and bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream and form blockages in the arteries of the heart.

Periodontitis does not develop overnight

Gum disease begins as gingivitis. Gums that are puffy, swollen, sore, and red or bleed easily symptomize this initial stage of gum disease. If you notice any of these problems, act fast and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Knoxville today. If gum disease can be identified and treated early, while still in the stage of gingivitis, this is the best option. Once gum disease has advanced into periodontitis, then your teeth and mouth will have sustained permanent damage.

What is your best defense against periodontitis? Prevention

Maintain a good regimen of oral hygiene: brush at least twice per day, floss daily, and use an anti-bacterial mouthwash. You also should curtail any use of tobacco, as smoking dramatically elevates your risk of gum disease. Also, maintain a recommended schedule of appointments with your Farragut area dentist every six months for a check-up. Each of these check-ups should include a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth, and gums. Also, your teeth will be cleaned thoroughly above and below the gum line, eliminating the bacteria and plaque that represent the initial building blocks of gum disease.

Gum disease treatment in Knoxville

Choto Family Dentistry offers these treatments for gum disease:

Repetitive therapy combines scaling and root planing. Considered the gold standard method for periodontitis treatment, this involves scaling, which scrapes off any accumulated plaque from both the surface of the tooth and the portion of the tooth lying underneath the gum line; and root planing, which scales the tooth root to remove plaque and smooth the root making it harder for bacteria to congregate there.

Laser therapy uses dental laser technology to vaporize infected gum tissue. This performs the same treatment objective as traditional gum surgery, but in far less time with much less discomfort, bleeding, and recovery time. Also, the laser can be more precise in removing only the infected tissue. Even a scalpel wielded by the most experienced and highly trained dentist or periodontist cannot match the precision and accuracy of our lasers, which make incisions mere nanometers deep.

Gum Disease Treatment in Knoxville

If you’re concerned about your gum health or want to learn about how Choto Family Dentistry can help you, please call our office at (865) 269-6688 to schedule a consultation.

Choto Family Dentistry is proud to serve the oral health needs of patients in Knoxville, Tennessee, including the communities of Choto and Northshore.