Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent diseases among Americans today, and periodontal disease often develops early, including in the adolescent and teenage years. Periodontal disease is the infection and damage of the gums that comes from plaque and tartar buildup and bacteria causing inflammation of the gums. If this tartar and bacteria is not removed by a dentist, it will continue to cause damage to the gums, as normal tooth brushing will not remove the hardened plaque.
During your child’s regular dental examination and cleaning, the dentist will look for signs of periodontal disease. Symptoms of periodontal care include sensitive gums, gums that are red or discolored, and gums that bleed easily. Depending on the severity of periodontal disease your child may have, Dr. Lund and Dr. Markham will prescribe one of several treatments ranging from a simple cleaning of the gums to surgery in the most severe cases.
It is important to diagnose and treat periodontal disease as early as possible, as it can cause significant damage to your oral health as well as lead to greater health concerns. Periodontal disease has been linked to health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and pregnancy complications among others.
To learn more about periodontal care in Provo, Utah, we encourage you to contact our office today for more information.
Periodontal Care for Special Needs
We are also happy to provide periodontal care for special needs patients in Provo, Utah. People with special needs are more likely to have oral health problems including periodontal disease. At Provo Pediatric Dentistry, we have a wonderful team of skilled professionals who are specially trained to help meet the needs of all our special needs patients. We strive to provide the highest quality dental care for our special needs patients, as well as develop a working relationship with care givers to provide educational information and to implement a dental care strategy that is best for the patient.