Many adults have a misconception that oral health and wellness is all about brushing and flossing the teeth. It doesn’t just stop there. It also includes visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations, and educating oneself on the various conditions that can compromise the teeth, gums, and bone. One of these conditions is that of gum disease, referred to by dentists as “periodontal disease.” This condition significantly impacts the smile and can cause irreversible damage. It is, however, completely preventable and, one it develops, is treatable with the help of an experienced dentist. Dr. John Pappas and his team at Arcadia Dental Arts in Phoenix, AZ can assist in educating patients on gum disease. Below are common frequently asked questions about gum disease.
What is gum disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection that starts in the gum tissues, hence the name. Without proper treatment, it can progress to a more serious infection and develop into periodontitis, which is irreversible. The condition spreads and can cause the loss of tissues, bone, and teeth.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Gum disease starts with early signs and symptoms such as bleeding, swollen gums. As it progresses into the later stages, it can also be paired with bad breath, shrinking gum tissue, and loose teeth. The earlier this condition is caught, the less likely it is to progress to more serious levels of damage.
Is gum disease curable?
The earlier stage of gum disease, referred to as gingivitis, can be reversed with proper care and increased oral habits. It may include prescription toothpastes, mouthwashes, and other products. However, once the condition has moved past this stage, patients may be dealing with their condition for a lifetime. It cannot be cured, but controlled and maintained.
Connect with Dr. John Pappas of Arcadia Dental Arts
Phoenix, AZ families who are interested in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry with the team at Arcadia Dental Arts can schedule their initial evaluation and appointment with our team by calling (602) 957-9643. Our practice, conveniently located at 4124 North 40th Street, is here to help new and established patients and families seeking comprehensive care for their smiles.