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By Advanced Dental Concepts
November 19, 2019
Category: Oral Health

How your dentist in Andover, MA, can help with periodontal disease

Did you know that periodontal disease is one of the greatest causes of tooth loss as you get older? It’s true! Accordingly, you owe it to yourself and your smile to find out if you have periodontal disease, and what can be done about it. Here at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA, Dr. Richard D. Hopgood offers periodontal disease diagnosis and treatment to help you and your smile—read on to learn more!

About periodontal disease and how we can help

So, how do you know if you have periodontal disease? Well, that can be a bit tricky, for the condition often begins with little-to-no symptoms to show. In fact, all you may notice at first is a little bleeding when you brush and floss.

Periodontal disease starts out as gum disease, so you need to pay attention to these signs and symptoms:

  • Irritated, red gum tissue
  • Swollen, puffy gums with loss of normal contours
  • Painful, bleeding gums when you brush, floss, or eat
  • Frequent bad breath and a sour taste in your mouth

If you notice these signs or symptoms, it’s time to take action, for gum disease can be reversed in its early stages. To do so, however, you must practice excellent oral hygiene, including brushing at least twice daily, flossing once each day, and visiting your dentist and dental hygienist twice each year for dental exams and professional dental cleanings.

After all, if your gum disease goes untreated, it can turn into periodontal disease, which can’t be reversed. Periodontal disease can only be managed to keep it from getting worse. Unlike gum disease, which only affects the soft tissue, periodontal disease destroys the hard tissues too, including the bone, fibers, and connective tissue that hold your teeth in place. When you have periodontal disease, you may notice signs and symptoms like these:

  • Receding gums, with increased exposure of tooth roots
  • Teeth that look longer because of exposed tooth roots
  • Spaces or gaps developing between your teeth
  • Teeth that are feeling loose and a bite that feels different

Concerned? Give us a call

If you think you may have gum or periodontal disease, your dentist can help. Dr. Hopgood offers a wide range of services to treat gum and periodontal disease to help you and your smile. To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of periodontal disease, call Dr. Richard D. Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA, today by dialing (978) 475-2431.

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