What exactly is periodontal disease?

If you have recently visited the dental office of Dr. Lindsey Marshall, you may have heard of the phrase “periodontal disease.” What is it, and how is it detrimental to your health?

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is another phrase that refers to “gum disease.” Gum disease is an infection that can develop within the smile, and starts with poor oral health that allows harmful bacteria to develop. This bacterial infection can spread throughout the smile, and can result in the loss of bone, gum tissue, and even natural teeth. This condition is serious and needs to be prevented, as its development cannot be reversed—only controlled.

What are the stages of periodontal disease?

The earliest stage is gingivitis. This stage is often characterized by concerns such as red, swollen, and irritated gum tissues. Patients might notice their gums bleed when they brush or floss their teeth. At this point in time, Dr. Lindsey Marshall can help a person reverse gingivitis. Unfortunately, if the condition isn’t caught, diagnosed, and treated in time, it can progress to the later stages of periodontal disease that can cause significant damage to the smile and cannot be cured.

What can I do about periodontal disease?

The key to this condition is prevention. Patients who brush and floss their teeth regularly, see their dentist every six months for a cleaning and evaluation, and call their dentist as soon as problems arise are the individuals who will often avoid the development of periodontal disease. Preventing the problem is the best step towards a healthy smile a patient can make. With the help of our dental team, many patients can learn about how to care for their smile properly and what signs to look out for to avoid both periodontal disease and tooth decay. Early detection and intervention is critical.

Call Dr. Lindsey Marshall today

Ardmore, PA are patients and families who are ready to undergo a screening for periodontal disease or other concerns, such as tooth decay, are strongly advised to book a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our team. Call (610) 649-0696 to request an appointment with our friendly, approachable front office team.

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