If periodontitis, or gum disease, develops, Dr. Salm can address it with various treatments including scaling and root planing. This treatment eliminates bacteria you cannot reach, and smoothes your tooth roots to prevent plaque and bacteria from accumulating in the future. Dr. Salm may also apply Arestin®, a topical antibiotic.What is periodontal disease?Before periodontal disease occurs, plaque that has not been removed from your teeth turns into a hard substance called tartar. Tartar can not be removed by brushing and flossing alone and needs to be addressed by a dentist.When that tartar is not properly cleaned away from where your gums meet your teeth, your gums may become infected and start to recede. As your teeth and gums begin to separate, they leave spaces that can become infect.How do I treat my periodontal disease?At early stages, you may be instructed to change your oral hygiene routine. If necessary, other measures may be taken to reverse the effects of periodontal disease.How do I know if I have periodontal disease?Though you may not notice any warning signs at all, there are a few symptoms that may indicate you have periodontal disease. Such symptoms include:Gum Changes
- Receding: Your teeth may appear to be longer than before, or your gums seem to dip down lower around certain teeth than others.
- Swollen: Some areas of your gums may seem larger or swollen compared to others.
- Sensitive or tender: Certain foods or temperatures make certain areas of your mouth feel uncomfortable.
- Red: Gums that are more red in color than usual.
- Bleeding: Though you may think you simply brushed too hard, or too aggressively picked your teeth, there may be a different reason why your gums are bleeding.
- Appear Longer