Periodontitis: What You Need to Know

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You probably know that you could have to deal with gum disease if you don’t care for your teeth well. However, did you know that even if you do practice great oral hygiene, you could still need to face this issue? Gum disease can be caused by a number of issues, including illnesses and genetics. And since many individuals don’t know they have gum disease, they could eventually have to face periodontitis as well.

If bacteria gets beneath your gum line you could have to cope with a gum infection known as periodontitis. Sadly, periodontitis can lead to a number of serious issues. In fact, if you have periodontitis, your gums and the ligaments that hold your teeth in place could be damaged. As you may have guessed, this issue can eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis can only be properly treated by a dental professional.

If you have gum disease, there are a few things you can consider doing. For instance, a simple dental cleaning could frequently be enough to reverse the problem. At other times, our team may simply recommend a few changes to your oral routine. If your gum disease is more serious, we could recommend scaling and root planning, which is essentially a deep cleaning. In even more severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

Please remember that gum disease is relatively easy to treat if it’s caught early. This is one reason it’s important for you to visit our team once every six months. If you are interested in learning more about how you could prevent or address gum disease, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, we invite you to contact Fine Periodontics at 864-299-5900. Dr. Norman B. Fine and our team are excited to hear from you soon.