When should I see a periodontist?

Have you been told that you may have periodontal disease and need to see a periodontist?

If you have, you probably thought:

" What is periodontal disease and why do I need to see a periodontist to have it treated? "

The word "periodontal"

The word "periodontal" refers to the gum tissue and bone around the tooth. Periodontal diseases, also known as gum disease, is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Left untreated, periodontal disease is one of the primary causes of adult tooth loss. Also, research has found a relationship between periodontal disease and more serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and preterm low birth weight babies.

Anytime is a good time to see a periodontist for a periodontal evaluation! Sometimes the only way to detect periodontal disease is through a periodontal evaluation. If you notice any symptoms, a periodontal evaluation may be especially important for you! Common symptoms of periodontaldisease include:

  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily, such as during brushing and flossing
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Persistent bad breath.

In addition to your periodontal evaluation, when you visit your periodontist, they will conduct acomprehensive risk assessment. There are many risk factors thatmay increase your chances of having periodontal disease such as tobacco use, diabetes, and genetics. If you have any of these risk factors or symptoms, you may want to visit a periodontist. To find a periodontist in your area, visit our website.

By The Board of SBP-BVP