Did you know that studies conducted by the FDA show nearly 75{dcbe0cd52ce35e2f156887e14605e24111ce99c14f01d3853732956d43020bdd} of the nation suffers from some form of periodontal disease? Over time, this widespread oral issue can actually increase the risk of adult tooth loss. How do you treat periodontal disease? What can you do to regain your oral health?

How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease? Quiz

  1. True or False: Plaque buildup can lead to inflammation.
  2. True or False: Sore or bleeding gums may be a warning sign.
  3. True or False: You can reduce your risk by flossing.
  4. True or False: The doctor may perform a deep cleaning to treat the disease.

Answer Key

  1. True. Plaque accumulates on our teeth when bacteria break down food particles in our mouths. The buildup can irritate the gums and lead to inflammation, a common factor behind the onset of gum disease. Other possible causes include illness, smoking, and hormonal fluctuations.
  2. True. Other possible warning signs include receding gums, chronic bad breath, loose teeth, or redness in the gums. If you recognize any of these symptoms then contact our office. Avoiding treatment can often lead to tooth loss in advanced cases.
  3. True. Flossing removes food particles from between the teeth, which brushing often cannot reach. Doing this reduces the severity of plaque buildup and decreases the risk of periodontal disease. You should floss your teeth at least once a day, preferably before going to bed.
  4. True. A deep cleaning involves scaling and root planing, which removes plaque from the surface of the teeth and the exposed portions of the root. The procedure can help reverse the disease or manage it in severe cases. If you have any questions or concerns about periodontal disease then contact our office today.

ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.