Periodontics is the study of the gums and inflammatory diseases that affect the functionality of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is such a specific area of study that many often have questions surrounding the profession, especially when they themselves are diagnosed with a periodontal disease like gingivitis. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding gum disease and inflammation.
Are children at risk for developing periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is rarely found in children and adolescents. It is always important, however, for children to learn the importance of correct brushing and flossing technique when they are young so they don’t become prone to developing periodontal disease as an adult.
Is there a link between periodontal disease and heart disease?
Researchers suspect that there is a link between periodontal disease and heart disease, with the common factor being inflammation. Mention this to your periodontist and he or she can give you more information.
What can I do at home to prevent periodontal disease?
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to take good care of your teeth by brushing twice per day and flossing once per day. Be sure to see your dentist or periodontist regularly – at least semi-annually. Taking preventative action will save you money rather than waiting until the problem gets too extensive that expensive treatment is involved.
What are common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?
By the time symptoms start to show themselves, the disease may be fairly progressed. Some of these symptoms include red, swollen or tender gums; receding gums; loose or separating teeth; and pus between teeth and gums.
Who should treat my periodontal disease?
Instead of leaving your treatment to one dental professional, you should get your general dentist and a professional periodontist to be involved in the treatment of your periodontal disease. They can both offer their expertise in their given fields to offer you the best treatment plan possible.
Is periodontal disease contagious?
It may technically not be contagious, however, the bacteria that cause the inflammation can be spread through saliva, so it is probably a good idea to not share drinking cups or utensils until the individual’s disease is completely cured.