Home care and consistent in-office follow-up are integral to improving periodontal health in Raleigh
If caught early, with proper care we can reverse the effects of gum disease at its earliest stage, gingivitis, and we can stop the progression of the disease in its advanced forms, periodontitis.
This intervention requires the knowledge and guidance of Dr. Edmond Suh working with you on home care and follow-up. First, we need to diagnose the extent of your gum disease.
In its earliest stages, you may not know you have it. Gingivitis symptoms are relatively minor and may include:
- Red gums
- Puffy tissue
- Bleeding while brushing or flossing
As the disease progresses, you may experience many of the same symptoms mentioned above, only more severely and with a few potential additions:
- Chronic bad breath
- Pus between teeth and gums
- Lingering rotten taste in the mouth
- Receding gums
- Bite problems
- New spaces or shifting of teeth
- Loose teeth
Since gum disease may cause little to no discomfort early on, often patients do not seek treatment until it has progressed to more advanced periodontitis. However, it caught sooner rather than later, we can reverse damage and halt bone loss.
To catch the disease early underscores the need for Dr. Suh to see you regularly for exams and professional cleanings. He can determine if you have the disease and its extent with dental instruments and X-rays that measure the depth of pockets between the teeth and gums and confirm bone loss at these sites. The extent of your disease helps the doctor create an effective treatment, which may include non-scalpel surgery and the latest technologies such as dental lasers to kill bacteria. With minimal discomfort, Dr. Suh can get your mouth healthy.
Proper periodontal care also comes down to seeing Dr. Suh at least every three months initially, so he can check on the progress toward becoming disease-free. When you are not at the office, there are several pointers to help you get healthy:
- Brush after each meal, before bedtime
- Brush for at least two minutes each time
- Floss at least once a day
- Use proper flossing technique, clean each side of the tooth thoroughly, but with gentle force
- Don’t snack on sugary foods or sip sugary drinks throughout the day as the sugars interact with bacteria to bathe the teeth with destructive acids
Dr. Suh can share other suggestions for periodontal care in Raleigh, but you first need to call 919 556 6200 to schedule an exam.