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We Offer Competitive Fees Along With Our Best Price Guarantee Policy.
Cost Is An Issue?
We Offer Competitive Fees Along With Our Best Price Guarantee Policy.

Why Early Detection and Treatment for Periodontal Disease is Vital

Periodontal disease is a severe infection that affects the tissues supporting your teeth, including the gums and bones. It is estimated that about half of all adults in the United States have some level of periodontal disease. The earlier the disease is detected and treated, the better the chances of successfully controlling it. There are several types of periodontal disease, and each has different symptoms, causes, and complications. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of early detection and treatment for periodontal disease.

Types of Periodontal Disease

There are several types of periodontal disease, including gingivitis, periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis, chronic periodontitis, and necrotizing periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease and can be easily treated. Persistent inflammation and irritation can lead to more severe forms of periodontal disease, such as periodontitis, which can cause significant damage. Aggressive periodontitis occurs when there is a rapid loss of tissue and bone, while chronic periodontitis a slow but progressive disease. Necrotizing periodontitis is a rare and severe form of the disease characterized by the death of tissues surrounding teeth.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

The symptoms of periodontal disease vary depending on the type and severity of the disease. Some of the most common symptoms include bleeding gums, pain, redness, swelling, elongated teeth, bad breath, loose or shifting teeth, and visible pus between teeth. It is essential to note that early-stage periodontal disease may not cause any symptoms, which is why regular dental checks are crucial for early detection.

Causes and Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

Several factors increase the risk of developing periodontal disease, including poor oral hygiene, tobacco use, genetics, medical conditions, and medications. Dental plaque is the leading cause of periodontal disease, and when it is not removed, it forms tartar, which irritates the gums and causes inflammation. Tobacco use weakens the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off infections. Genetics can affect the immune system's response to periodontal disease, making some people more susceptible than others. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or HIV/AIDS, also increase the risk of developing periodontal disease.

Complications of Untreated Periodontal Disease

Untreated periodontal disease can lead to various complications, such as tooth loss, bone loss, gum recession, and the spread of infection to other parts of the body. In severe cases, it can lead to problems with the heart, kidneys, or liver. It may also increase the risk of stroke and cancer. Therefore, early detection and treatment of periodontal disease can prevent these complications and promote overall health.

Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Disease

Simple lifestyle changes can help prevent periodontal disease and promote good oral health. These include practicing good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day, flossing regularly, using mouthwash, and maintaining a healthy diet. Regular dental check-ups are essential for early detection and treatment of periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing are non-surgical treatments that remove plaque and tartar from under the gumline. Antibiotics may also be used to treat periodontal disease. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the infected tissue.

Conclusion:

Early detection and treatment of periodontal disease is vital to maintain good oral health and overall well-being. Ignoring the symptoms of periodontal disease can lead to severe complications, including tooth loss and bone loss. Therefore, it is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene practices and schedule regular dental check-ups to prevent and detect periodontal disease early. If you notice any symptoms of periodontal disease, such as bleeding gums or bad breath, don't delay in seeking treatment from your dentist. Remember that good oral health is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

What Some of Our Patients are Saying

Mariaelena Carrillo
Google
Everyone is very friendly and understanding! I got my wisdom teeth removed from this location and I wasn’t feeling too good after and they helped watch over me and next thing you know I’m feeling way better after a few minutes of their help!:) I come back in for my checkup appointment and they were super helpful with any questions I had and the healing process went smoothly!
Rosebud
Google
This is a very conscientious Practice. I Love my Periodontist Mr. SHELDON LU, DMD, MS he is caring, Extremely thorough , Answers all my questions with pleasure. Office staff Nancy, Maria and the rest of the staff there are same as Mr. SHELDON LU!! I’m glad I found him , and his wonderful staff. Makes a difference to me when people care. I would recommend this office anyone five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from me , thank you for everything.
Victoria Shebala
Google
Dr Lu is an excellent periodontist. He doesn’t believe in giving a patient too many medications when they are not necessary. He really cares about his patients. He makes sure to keep the patient’s teeth and gums clean to prevent any serious gum disease. I am one of his patients and highly recommend him. The members of his office staff and assistants are very professional.
Queenie Zhao
Google
The clinic recommended by a friend specializing in the treatment of periodontal disease provided me with satisfactory service from the appointment to the post-operative period. Dr. Lu is very professional,he’s so considerate and gently answered my questions, he also taught me how to take care of my teeth every day. The front desk and the dental assistant are very warm and polite too.
Peterzj Luo
Google
Small office, but very cozy and friendly. This is my first visit. I am very much impressed by Dr. Lu's professionalism and expert knowledge. He did a thorough examination and explained treatment options in easy-to-understand language. I feel very comfortable and well treated. I definitely would come back and recommend to others.
Farhat Farooqui
Google
I was nervous before my tooth extraction and grafting procedure, but I knew I was in good hands with Dr Sheldon Lu and his staff. Dr Lu’s expertise and gentleness, and his staff’s efficiency and genuine concern for the patients made the surgical experience as pleasant as such a procedure can be. I would recommend Iconic Periodontics 100% to anyone. Thank you, Dr Lu and staff!
Stilian Halembakov
Google
Very friendly and nice team. Dr Sheldon Li is soft-spoken and gentle, thorough in his dental expertise without pushing for a decision on proposed action plan. Highly recommended !
Julisa T
Google
I love this dentist office. The front office is always kind, professional and very efficient. The dentists are always gentle quick and do an amazing job. I am a big chicken when it comes to any kind of invasive procedures, even minor ones. But I always feel at ease when I come here.10 ⭐️’s
Jennifer Joy Miller
Google
From the first point of contact on the phone I knew IPDI was a great place. After meeting Dr. Sheldon Lu, it was clear we’d found a gem. Dr Sheldon Lu and his team are professional, genuinely kind, caring and confident. You feel like not only have you met a great dentist, but made a new friend. Dr. Sheldon Lu is an honest dentist who instills trust in his patients by being upfront and genuine. I appreciate each staff member as well. Kind, clear and positive people work here.
Phuongut Huynh
Google
I had a wonderful experience at this place . Service was fast and the staff were very friendly. They made sure all concern I had about my teeth were answer . They took time to answer my questions and explain everything well to me . I came for a regular check up and cleaning done . The place was very nice. I usually don’t liked coming to a dentist office but for sure I will return back for my next checkup and cleaning Thanks to Dr Sheldon luu and his wonderful staff for such taking good care of me !

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