Periodontal treatment may be administered in several different ways, depending on the best course of action for your oral health. Dr. Montz or Dr. Maher may recommend a consultation with our periodontist, Dr. Andrea Varesic, if they find signs of periodontal disease through the course of a checkup or other dental care appointment.
In fact, if you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our office right away:
- Bleeding Gums – Any bleeding while brushing or eating is a commonly overlooked symptom of gum disease.
- Chronic Bad Breath – If you have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, even after cleaning your teeth, it may be because of gum disease.
- Loose Teeth and Gum Recession – If your teeth look longer or feel wiggly, this could be because of gum and bone loss due to gum disease.
Patients with heart disease, diabetes, osteopenia, or osteoporosis may experience a higher rate of periodontal infection as well. Surprisingly, the bacteria that cause gum disease can spread to other parts of your body.
Another sure symptom of gum disease is gum discoloration. The inside of the mouth should appear smooth and coral pink. If this changes at all, it could be a sign of infection. If you experience any of the following, you may have gum disease:
- Reddish or whitish patches
- A sore that doesn’t heal and bleeds easily
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- A lump or thickening of skin inside the mouth
- Problems with chewing or swallowing
Changes to the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue should always be discussed with a dental health professional. We recommend that you perform a self-examination monthly and keep track of any changes. Whatever you do, don’t ignore any suspicious bumps or sores.
Dr. Montz, Dr. Maher, and Dr. Varesic work together as a team to provide you with the best possible care. They will combine their experience to formulate the most effective maintenance plan for you. Together, they will help you fight back against gum disease!
Keep Your Gum Health in Check – Schedule an Appointment
To prevent periodontal disease, you should carefully and conscientiously follow the guidelines of the maintenance program that Dr. Montz and his team will provide after your treatment. Protecting your periodontal health through preventive maintenance is advantageous for you. You will be able to chew comfortably, smile openly, and speak confidently. Your commitment to maintenance therapy is your commitment to your better oral health.