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periodontal diseaseServing Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN

If your gums are always sore, appear swollen, and tend to bleed easily, this could be a warning sign of gingivitis, an early stage of periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, affecting nearly half of all adults. Preventive care, such as routine dental cleanings and checkups, allow your Choto family dentist to monitor your oral health and detect early warning signs of periodontal disease, but some patients simply do not follow through with preventive care.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, which presents gums that are swollen and tender, and typically bleed when brushing or flossing. During this early stage, the disease is still reversible but once the disease begins to worsen, it can be hard to stop but not impossible.

What is lurking in my mouth?

Bacteria live in our mouths, which is what causes tooth decay and gum disease. Patients brush and floss in efforts of removing this bacteria and protect their oral health. As this bacteria collects in your mouth, it sticks to your teeth and creates a film known as plaque. If proper brushing and oral hygiene efforts are ignored, plaque will harden and become tartar. Only a professional dental cleaning can remove this buildup from your teeth. If ignored, this buildup begins to cause gum infections, gingivitis and eventually turns into periodontal disease.

The problem with periodontal disease

The results of periodontal disease are astonishing. Your mouth is the gateway to your overall health. Many adults suffer from this oral disease and do not even realize they have it. Periodontal disease not only affects your mouth but your overall health as well. The bacteria that live in oral plaque can easily enter your bloodstream and is carried throughout your entire body.

Risks of periodontal disease include:

  • Gingivitis
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth loss
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Cancer
  • Cognitive decline

Treating Periodontal Disease

Your Knoxville family dentist treats periodontal disease with an individualized approach. Each stage of the disease is different, thus requiring different treatment. Plus, the unique needs of each patient is taken into consideration. However, periodontal disease is typically treated with repetitive therapy, which means frequent dental deep cleanings, and in severe cases, laser gum therapy may be needed to remove the diseased tissue. During your consultation with us at Choto Family Dentistry, we will assess your oral health needs and determine the best course of action for you. The most important thing is to ensure your periodontal disease gets treated in the first place because it will not simply just go away. In fact, it will get worse if ignored.

How to prevent periodontal disease

Preventing periodontal disease simply requires commitment on your end. At-home maintenance and routine checkups and cleanings are a big part of keeping your mouth, and your body, healthy. When this is not enough, we offer treatment options for periodontal disease including oral rinses, antibiotic application, deep cleanings, and gum surgery. Although the effects of gum disease can be corrected, prevention is key to keeping your mouth healthy.

Periodontal Disease Treatment in Knoxville

To learn more about periodontal disease, its treatment or ways to prevent it, contact Choto Family Dentistry today by calling (865) 409-5077. We welcome patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of Choto and Northshore.