Visiting a Periodontist in Portland Can Improve Your Gum Health

PeriodontistIf you are experiencing concerning dental symptoms, you may need to visit our Portland dental office for a periodontist. Many times our patients develop a periodontal disease because they were not aware of the symptoms and took no action to prevent the condition. If you become more aware of why and how periodontal disease and other gum diseases and dental infections occur, you could save yourself from a future of negative dental health and potential gum and tooth damage.

Due to many factors, plaque and bacteria develop in your mouth as a normal occurrence. When bacteria growth gets out of hand and plaque hardens into tartar, you should pay attention because you are in the beginning stages of serious and detrimental gum disease. When gum disease originally develops, it is in a minor form called Gingivitis. If you have Gingivitis, you will notice that your gums are swollen and that they tend to bleed when you brush, floss and eat certain foods. At this point, you should visit our office to receive a deep dental clean and to obtain information on how you can prevent the condition from further developing into periodontitis. When you have periodontitis, you will experience worse symptoms including constant gum swelling, bleeding, pus discharge, loose or receding gums, and loose teeth.  

With time and a lack of treatment plaque or tartar can spread under your gum line. The toxins and infection created by the present bacteria in the plaque will begin to irritate and inflame your gums. Without treatment, this will turn into a chronic inflammatory response. If your gums remain in a stage of constant inflammation, they will begin to deteriorate, causing gum recession and tooth loss. Periodontitis can be stopped by our dental office.  It needs to be before it causes your gums to recede and your teeth to fall out. If you visit our office after this stage, there is still hope for restoration, but it can be prevented by taking action now.

You are at risk for gum disease if you have diabetes, are pregnant, or are aging or going through puberty. During these times, your hormones are imbalanced, and it can be hard for certain aspects of your body to work properly. It is important that you keep up with regular dental appointments if you are in any of these categories. Preventing periodontal disease is incredibly important for your health. You are also at risk for periodontitis if you have poor oral hygiene, eat unhealthy foods, use tobacco, or drink alcohol consistently. Visiting a periodontist can help you remain aware of your dental structure's state and help you learn how to care for your teeth and gums properly.

As a periodontist in Portland, our main concern is the health of your gums and teeth. If you would like any information about how to care for your dental health or if you have any concerns regarding unusual dental symptoms, please feel free to contact our office for more information. Don't take your dental health lightly. If you already have periodontitis, we can offer you treatment, and if you have experienced dental damage because of periodontitis, we can repair your gums and teeth.

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