“Periodontics.” It may sound like a prehistoric creature, but in fact, periodontics is a reference to the study and treatment of a much more fearsome concept – periodontitis.
Periodontitis is a condition that negatively impacts the teeth and gums. With proper treatment, periodontal disease can be arrested, but an even better tactic of assuaging periodontitis is practicing prevention.
At Hospital Dental Group we approach periodontics with a studied, experienced, and keen eye. Dr. Ravin and the HDG team help set you and your family up for success by ensuring everyone receives regular exams, cleaning, and education on how to practice best oral hygiene routines. By maintaining six-month checkups and cleanings, combined with a good homecare dental regimen, periodontal disease can be avoided.
HDG Periodontics Specialists in Prevention and Early Detection
Sadly, it’s common for patients to overlook the signs and symptoms of periodontitis until the disease has progressed to advanced stages. Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Academy of Periodontology an estimated 30 percent of adults exhibit severe periodontitis? This is yet another reason why it’s extremely important to keep your regular appointments. Our experienced Harford hygienists are proficient in identifying the early symptoms of periodontal disease, including:
- Red, swollen, bleeding, or sore gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Bad breath
- Changes in the bite
- Changes in denture fit
Advanced cases of periodontitis can result in the loss of teeth. If this is something you’ve experienced, we can help. Dr. Ravin will discuss your best options moving forward, including the possibility of dental implants. Our ultimate hope, however, is that we can address periodontal disease before it reaches advanced stages.
Again, prevention stands as the leading deterrent of periodontitis. If, however, Dr. Ravin diagnoses the presence or early stages of periodontitis, he will immediately prescribe a treatment plan. Treatment options can vary, depending on the severity of periodontal disease, but scaling and root planing, regenerative procedures and surgical options are some common approaches.
It’s important to remember, that in addition to keeping your routine dental appointments, to practice good homecare oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, flossing at least once a day, and using a toothpaste or mouthwash that contains fluoride.
If you’re concerned you may have periodontitis or would like to know more about periodontics, our HDG team would love to hear from you. Contact us today to get started.