Who should treat my periodontal problems: my dentist or a periodontist?
It is considered desirable to have both a general dentist and a periodontist being actively involved in the wellbeing of your teeth, as well as any diagnoses and treatment they are required to carry out. A team approach will help these two practitioners collaborate to tailor treatment plans that work best for you.
Aside from diagnosing and treating gum disease, what else have periodontists been trained to do?
Periodontists spend the majority of their time diagnosing and treating gum disease but they do have other responsibilities in dentistry. Placing and monitoring dental implants where natural teeth cannot be saved, correcting gum recessions and covering up exposed root surfaces are all procedures periodontists can perform.
Are children at risk of developing periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is rarely found in children and adolescents. However it is vital that from a young age children understand the importance of good oral hygiene to prevent disease in the future. A strong brushing and flossing regime is more likely to stick through later years if taught early.
Red, swollen, bleeding gums and bad breath that will not go away are warning signs that you may have periodontal disease. If any of these symptoms occur, they must be reported to your dentist as soon as possible so that treatment will be the most effective.
Is there a link between periodontal disease and diabetes?
Research suggests that there may be a link between diabetes and gum disease. As sufferers of diabetes are more prone to infection, periodontal disease is considered one of the major complications. However, efficient and effective periodontal hygiene can positively affect blood sugar levels, lowering the risk of diabetes for those who may be susceptible.
What can be done to prevent periodontal disease?
Initial prevention is to take care of your teeth and gums on a daily basis. This includes brushing your teeth after every meal and before bedtime, flossing at least once a day and seeing your dentist or/and periodontist for regular examinations.