When plaque and calculus (hardened plaque or tartar) are allowed to accumulate on the teeth and gums, periodontal (gum) disease will result. Periodontal disease will destroy the gums and bones supporting the teeth, eventually causing tooth loss. In many cases, those who have periodontal disease will notice gums that are red, swollen, and tend to bleed. Gums should never bleed, so if you notice any blood when you brush, call our office immediately.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Gums that bleed
- Growing gaps between teeth
- Loose teeth
- Gums that are red, inflamed, or that recede
- Bad breath
- Tenderness and discomfort
- Pus around the teeth and gums
Not only will untreated periodontal disease cause tooth loss, it has also been linked with some very serious health risks, including, but not limited to:
- Heart disease
- Complications with pregnancy
You can help prevent periodontal disease by flossing and brushing every day, eating a balanced diet, and regularly visiting the dentist. There are many options for periodontal treatment, and at Paramus Dental and Implant Center in Rochelle Park, we provide scaling and root planing, two deep cleaning procedures, to treat gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease. For more information on periodontal disease, please call or visit us soon.
Post-Op Instructions for Scaling and Root Planing
Following the scaling and root planing procedure, it is common to experience mild sensitivity for 24 hours. To help, rinse your mouth with a salt water solution (one teaspoon salt in a cup of very warm water) three times a day. If your teeth are sensitive to cold, try using desensitizing toothpaste, such as Sensodyne. If you have any additional discomfort, you may take ibuprofen. Please call our office if you have any questions about your post-treatment health.