How important is it to treat periodontal disease if I’m not in pain?
Whether or not you feel pain, we need to address periodontal disease as quickly as possible. Many people who have gum disease experience no symptoms, but that doesn’t mean the infection isn’t damaging your teeth and gums.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that attacks your gums and supporting structure of the teeth. Brushing and flossing routinely are essential because your mouth is filled with bacteria, which forms a film on your teeth called plaque.
In its mildest form, gum disease is called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, you may notice that your gums are swollen or inflamed and easily bleed when you brush and floss. Gingivitis is usually reversible and can be treated with a thorough professional cleaning and improved oral hygiene.
When plaque is not removed, it spreads beneath your gum line, attacks supporting bone, and opens up small pockets between the teeth and gums. This stage of gum disease is called periodontitis, which will require a deep cleaning procedure, antibiotics, and a schedule of frequent professional cleanings.
The destructive process of periodontal disease often produces no symptoms, which is why it is essential to stay current with routine dental exams and cleanings. When we see you at regular intervals, we can ensure that your healthy smile stays that way.
If it’s time for your next dental cleaning, please call Arrow Dental so we can arrange a convenient appointment and ensure your good oral health.