What Roles Does a Dentist Play in Treating Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” is an aggressive infection that can impact a patient’s oral health. Dr. Lindsey Marshall of Ardmore, PA is a dedicated professional who works directly with her patients in avoiding, diagnosing, and combatting periodontal disease. This condition, which is completely avoidable, can be damaging to the health of the smile. It can cause the loss of gum tissue, bone, and even teeth. With proper care, patients can maintain a healthy smile and address these types of problems alongside our team.

How does a dentist address periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a condition that can be avoided with proper home health care and regular visits to the dentist. The dentist can spot the signs of periodontal disease before they become noticeable to a patient by measuring the pockets between the gum tissues and the natural tooth. The larger the pockets, the later the stage of gum disease. Early stages, known as gingivitis, can be treated with the care of a dental professional, while the later stages can just be controlled and never cured.

Once a patient has a diagnosis of periodontal disease, they are informed as to ways they can help treat it and hopefully get the smile healthy again. In the earlier stages of periodontal disease, patients can have their teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist and take antibiotics to clear the infection. A more aggressive cleaning, called scaling and root planing, may be performed on patients who have reached the later stages of periodontal disease that impact their oral health. This can treat the condition, though patients need to be extremely proactive about caring for their smile to keep the condition from worsening. Proper home health habits and regular evaluations with a dentist will help control periodontal disease.

How can I avoid periodontal disease?

Prevention is essential in avoiding gum disease in the first place. Patients should see their dentist regularly, brush and floss after every meal, and call their dentist as soon as they notice changes occurring to their smile.

Call Dr. Lindsey Marshall today!

Ardmore, PA patients interested in obtaining care for periodontal disease and welcome to contact Dr. Lindsey Marshall at (610) 649-0696 and visit the practice at 32 Parking Plaza, Ste. #800.

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