Periodontal dentistry is focused on treating the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. When plaque (a sticky film that forms on the teeth) and tartar (hardened plaque) build up, they start to damage the teeth, gums, and bone. This is a condition known as periodontal disease, or gum disease.
Some of the common signs of gum disease in Cleveland, Ohio, include:
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Gums prone to bleeding
Bleeding gums are never normal, so if you notice any bleeding when you brush your teeth, contact our dentist immediately. Approximately 75% of adult tooth loss is caused by periodontal disease. It is recommended that you visit a dentist at least once every four to six months in order to prevent this silent disease of the mouth. We also highly recommend that the whole family takes care of their periodontal health often as it is transferable.
In order to avoid periodontal disease, which has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, it is essential to brush and floss daily, maintain a balanced diet, and regularly attend appointments at Downtown Dental Associates. You never need to feel embarrassed if it has been a long time since you have seen a dentist as we understand how easy it is to forget. If it has been six months or more since your last dental visit, call 216-241-4303 and schedule your next check-up with Dr. BJ Showman for a brighter, healthier smile!