Periodontics is about preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the tissue that supports and surrounds your teeth (gums). It’s also about maintaining the health, function, and look of that tissue.
When Do I Need a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist that specializes in diagnosing and treating issues with your gums (and other surrounding tissue). For this reason, there’s never a bad time to be examined by a periodontist. However, here are some times when you want to make sure you see one:
You’re Thinking About Having a Baby | It turns out that pregnant women who have periodontal disease are 7 times more likely to have premature births, or particularly small babies.
Someone in Your Immediate Family has Periodontal Disease | According to research, the bacteria that causes periodontal disease is passed through saliva. This means partners and children are especially vulnerable.
You’ve Been Diagnosed With Heart disease, Diabetes, Respiratory Diseases, and/or Osteoporosis | The bacteria that’s associated with periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream and affect other parts of your body.
You Notice Symptoms of Periodontal Disease | Some signs of periodontal disease include: Gingivitis, red gums around the edges that meets your teeth, small swelling of the gums and bleeding when you brush and/or floss gently, bad breath and taste, and abscesses.
Benefits of Seeing a Periodontist.
Periodontists are trained to spot early signs of gum disease, and to treat it. Preventing gum disease isn’t just about keeping your teeth (though healthy gums can mean longer lasting teeth), but also your whole body healthy. A periodontist can diagnose and treat issues before they escalate into other disease and affect different parts of your body.