Periodontal Disease: Understanding and Treatment Options

Periodontal diseases can range in severity, and if not treated in time can swiftly advance from tender gum inflammation to the risk of tooth loss. Gum disease can also result in permanent damage to soft tissue and bone. If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, there are treatment options available when you meet with Houston, TX dentist Dr. Dan Hoang.
At DH Dental Center you’ll receive quality professional care, and treatment plans that are designed to fit your specific oral health needs. Whether your periodontal disease stops progressing or advances rapidly will depend largely on the treatment of your gums and teeth going forward.

At DH Dental Center you’ll receive quality professional care, and treatment plans that are designed to fit your specific oral health needs. Whether your periodontal disease stops progressing or advances rapidly will depend largely on the treatment of your gums and teeth going forward.
Understanding Periodontal Disease

Understanding Periodontal Disease

You brush your teeth, you floss and use mouthwash. Yet now find yourself with periodontal disease. Just what causes gum disease? The naturally-occurring bacteria in your mouth, along with food particles, constantly form plaque on your teeth. Good oral hygiene can help to reduce plaque, but it can harden into tartar that brushing alone cannot remove. Only your dentist or hygienist can remove the tartar from your teeth.
The longer that tartar remains on teeth, the more damage it does. Bacteria in the tartar inflames gums, causing them to become swollen and irritated when you brush your teeth. Gingivitis is the result of this inflammation. This stage of gum disease does not result in tissue damage and bone loss. If not treated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis.

Periodontal disease causes your gums to pull back from your teeth, and creates pockets that become infected. If not treated, you’ll be at risk of soft tissue and bone loss. Your teeth can also loosen, and you may ultimately lose them.

Dr. Dan Hoang, DDS can identify any signs of gum disease, and get you on the right treatment path.

Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

Poor dental hygiene is definitely behind gum disease, but there are other risk factors you may not have considered. In your meeting with Dr. Hoang you’ll learn more about these other risk factors.

Smoking is one of the largest contributing risk factors that are associated with periodontal disease. Smoking can of course do other damage to your teeth, and can reduce the effectiveness of treatment.

Illnesses that include diabetes, along with the medications used to manage the illnesses, can increase your risk of infection. Many medications result in dry mouth, which can leave your mouth vulnerable to a range of infections.

Genetics can also play a role in your likelihood to develop periodontal disease. If someone in your family has gum disease be sure to let Dr. Dan Hoang know so that he can develop a preventative treatment plan for you.

Treating Periodontal Disease

The treatment methods will depend on the severity of your gum disease. The primary goal is to eliminate the infection. A deep cleaning, which will include root planing and scaling, will be part of your treatment plan. Scaling is simply the scraping off of the tartar, while root planing eliminates areas on the root where bacteria has gathered. Surgery may be required if your periodontitis is severe enough.
Dr. Dan Hoang, DDS will also encourage good home care, including brushing, and flossing after every meal.

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