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What to Know about Periodontal Disease

February 18, 2019
Posted By: Mary O. Flynn, DDS
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Periodontal disease is one of those things people don’t think about much until they have it. Having gum disease can be serious for your teeth and your health. 
If you find your gums bleeding when you brush your teeth, suffer from consistent bad breath, or notice that your gums are red and swollen, don’t wait to schedule a viewing with your local Edina, MN dental office.

Do Your Best to Prevent it!

In the dental world, most things work in your favor if you maintain a good oral health routine. Even so, gum disease can still take people by surprise. Learning how to detect it early on may save you future stress.

The Stages of Gum Disease

There are three stages in gum disease. The earliest stage is gingivitis. At this stage, you’ll notice swollen gums, bleeding during flossing or brushing, and maybe even a receding gum line. The good thing is that through consistent brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings this step can be reversed.

Gingivitis left untreated may cause worsening symptoms that affect the spaces around the teeth, and teeth even feeling looser. Sometimes sores develop around gums and breath is consistently bad despite brushing and flossing. This stage is called periodontitis, meaning inflammation around the tooth. At this stage of the disease, bones, gums, and tissue are at risk.

Finally, advanced periodontitis sets in, indicating severe damage. Gaps between teeth and gums are noticeable, infections may set in, and drastic measures might be necessary.

Things You Can do Right Now 

If you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease, one treatment option is the Perio Protect Tray. This custom fit tray allows for a 1.7% hydrogen peroxide bath to penetrate periodontal pockets, reducing inflammation and infection. This 10-15 minute FDA approved treatment is done in the comfort of your own home. Using this tray allows people to reach where toothbrushes and flossing can’t.

Our dental team at 50th and France Dental Care in Edina, MN are here to help recommend practices to avoid gum disease and stop a small problem from becoming too big. Contact us right away for an appointment.

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