Periodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. This condition is characterized by an infection and inflammation of the gum tissues, which can lead to serious oral health issues.
Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, presents with symptoms such as red, swollen gums, bleeding during brushing or eating, and bad breath. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which involves the gums pulling away from the teeth and creating pockets along the gum line. This advanced stage of gum disease can result in tooth loss, bone loss, and damage to the gums and soft tissues.
Practicing proper oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing twice a day and scheduling regular cleanings and checkups with your dentist, is the most effective way to prevent gum disease. Certain risk factors, such as smoking, diabetes, hormonal changes, and some medications, can increase the likelihood of developing gum disease.
At Everbright Dental, our team of dental professionals, including our skilled hygienists, can perform deep cleanings or scaling and root planing to eliminate tartar, calculus, and infected areas in the mouth. This gentle and effective treatment can help prevent gum disease and maintain healthy gums.
It is important to note that untreated gum disease has been linked to other health issues, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Therefore, it is crucial to seek a consultation and screening at Everbright Dental if you experience any symptoms of gum disease. Our experienced doctors, Dr. Kenneth Kim and Dr. Sojin Kim, are committed to providing you with the best possible care to ensure your oral health.