How your dentist in Reno, NV, can help with periodontal disease
If you have periodontal disease, you may not always know it. That’s because periodontal disease is sneaky. You may notice just a little bit of bleeding when you brush and think that it’s normal. The truth is, bleeding is an early sign of disease, and there are other signs and symptoms for you to pay attention to. Fortunately, your dentist, Dr. Melinda M. Kuhn of Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV, can help you prevent periodontal disease by providing reliable oral care—read on to learn more.
The basics on periodontal disease
Typically, you will develop gum disease before the condition evolves into full-blown periodontal disease. Fortunately, at this stage, you can reverse the condition by following an excellent oral hygiene program of daily brushing and flossing. You also need to visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for a dental exam, X-ray screening, and a professional dental cleaning.
You can tell you have gum disease if you experience any of these signs and symptoms:
- Red, irritated, swollen gums
- Bleeding when you brush or floss
- Chronic bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth
- Pain in your gums when you brush, floss, or eat
If your gum disease goes untreated, it can begin to infect the bone that supports your teeth. You will start to lose bone as periodontal disease becomes worse. Once you have periodontal disease, it cannot be cured—it can only be managed to keep it from getting worse. That’s why it’s critical to seek out treatment as soon as possible.
Periodontal disease has all the signs and symptoms of gum disease, plus several more. When you have periodontal disease, you may notice:
- Your gums are receding, exposing more of your tooth roots
- Tooth sensitivity because of the exposed roots
- Gaps or spaces forming between your teeth
- Your teeth begin to feel loose or are moving
- Your bite feels different
- Blood or pus coming from your gums
If you think you might have periodontal disease, you need to visit your dentist as soon as you can. Your dentist will take an x-ray screening to determine if you have lost bone around your teeth, and evaluate the health of your gums. Your dentist may recommend supportive periodontal therapy visits every 3 to 4 months to help stabilize your gums and bone.
Concerned? Give us a call
Don’t wait for periodontal disease to get worse. Seek out the help of your dentist. To learn more about periodontal disease causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment, call Dr. Melinda M. Kuhn of Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV, today by dialing (775) 829-9331.