What is periodontal disease?
It is an infection that can develop in the gum tissue.
Are there certain signs that I should look for?
Yes. Some of the warning signs are gum tissue that is swollen, inflamed or tender, gums that bleed easily or have been pulled away from your teeth, persistent bad breath or teeth that are loose. For more information, talk with Dr. Gitzen or Dr. Nelson or visit the American Dental Association's website at http://www.ada.org
.What can I do to prevent periodontal disease?
The best prevention is maintaining a healthy diet, good oral hygiene and keeps regularly scheduled professional cleanings and exams with your dentist.Are people with diabetes more likely to develop periodontal disease?
Yes. People with diabetes are at a greater risk to develop periodontal disease, which can make managing your diabetes more difficult. The best thing for you to do is to see your dentist as often as recommended and maintain good oral hygiene.
Does tobacco use cause periodontal disease?
It does not cause periodontal disease, but it can increase your risk for developing the disease. If you smoke or use other forms of tobacco and already have periodontal disease, it can decrease your response to treating the disease. Our recommendation is don't start smoking or if you do, quit. For more information, talk with Dr. Gitzen or Dr. Nelson or visit the American Dental Association's website at http://www.ada.orgDo you recommend using a mouth rinse?
Yes. We recommend using an antiseptic mouthrinse to help kill the bacteria in your mouth. Use ADA certified products such as Listerine Antiseptic Mouthrinse and rinse twice a day or use a periodontal rinse, such as BreathRx Anti-Bacterial Mouth Rinse, which will help prevent plaque that can lead to gingivitis.