At Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, our dentists work hard to ensure children have access to treatments that keep their smile healthy. Signs of periodontal disease, including bleeding and swollen gums, may need a definitive diagnosis and effective treatment to address. Periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” is a common concern that arises in patients who do not maintain proper oral health habits at home between dental appointments.
Understanding periodontal disease
The team of Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics describes periodontal disease as an infection of the oral cavity. It is commonly known as gum disease because this is where it starts. The soft tissues of the mouth may be sore, swollen, and red, and patients may notice bleeding when they brush their teeth. This early stage, called gingivitis, is easily treated with the help of our dental team. However, children who do not get this early diagnosis and let the condition go without treatment will find that the later stages or periodontal disease are much more damaging to the smile. Patients may lose not only gum tissue but bone and natural teeth.
Why is early detection of periodontal disease important?
As with any medical condition, an early diagnosis will often keep the problem from becoming more expensive and damaging, and can provide a better outcome than conditions that are left undiagnosed and untreated. Our dentists encourage children to visit at least every six months for a cleaning and evaluation to catch these problems before they become more serious. Patients who notice changes in their smile between appointments should always contact their dentist to be evaluated before their next visit to ensure early diagnosis. Periodontal disease can be effectively treated in the earlier stages, but require more invasive procedures if it is left without treatment.
Are you worried you are experiencing periodontal disease?
Whether you’ve been to our practice before or are a new patient in the area of New York, NY, our team of professionals at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics can help! Call our office at (212) 879-6518 to request a consultation visit with our team, and get started taking charge of your oral health and wellness with early diagnosis and treatment of infections.