Oh No it's Perio!!! What do I do and how will it affect me?

Let's start with the definition of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It's typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque -a sticky film of bacteria- to build up on the teeth and harden. In advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to sore, bleeding gums; painful chewing problems; and even tooth loss. 

So what do you do after a diagnosis? First, take a deep breath, it's going to be ok. You will most likely be referred to a Periodontist who will devise a treatment plan specifically made for you. Your hygienist may have to perform a "deeper cleaning" to remove that plaque build up that has occured. Your hygienist is highly qualified to perform these procedures and utilizes cutting edge technology to get you back in good shape.

Once your initial treatment has been performed you will continue with your hygienist for periodontal maintenance cleanings. As long as you continue to take care of your teeth and gums and attend your regularly scheduled appointments, your pesky perio should not be anything that inhibits you from living a normal life. If you are concerned that you might be experiencing a periodontal problem of your own, please contact our office and don't wait! We are here to help!!

Author
Mary Gilley I'm a Professional Relationships Director for Houston Oral Healthcare Specialists. I've spent many years working chair-side with patients and know the concerns that many of them have. With that, I also know the misinformation that patients may have regarding their options for getting their oral health back! It's my passion to nurture and educate patients during their dental journey.

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