How to Know if You Have Periodontal Disease? – Smart Smile Dentistry

The term periodontal disease encompasses a host of oral issues ranging from mild to severe.

How Does Periodontal Disease Start?

Periodontal disease begins with a bacterial film that lingers on the teeth. If it is not properly dealt through oral hygiene and dental intervention, it can progress into something far worse.

As plaque calcifies into tartar, it destroys the gums and causes them to recede and detach from the supporting bone. Eventually, tooth loss will result.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

  • Swollen gums that bleed frequently
  • Receding gum line
  • Tenderness and pain in the gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Formation of gaps between the teeth
  • Pus pockets surrounding the teeth and gums
  • Persistence of bad breath (halitosis)

If you exhibit any signs or symptoms, notify your dentist immediately. You may need to be referred to a periodontal specialist.

Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Genetics
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Hormonal shifts

Some risk factors can be controlled while others cannot. One of the absolute best things that you can do to stave off periodontal disease is to maintain regular dental visits. Good oral hygiene practice at home can go a long way, but even the most meticulous routine may leave room for periodontal disease to sneak in, and symptoms are not always obvious at first.

Effects of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease has far reaching effects even beyond your teeth. It has been linked to cardiovascular disease, low birth weight in babies and difficulty controlling blood sugar levels among diabetics.

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Treatment methods will vary from person to person, but ultimately the goal is for you to control plaque formation at home complemented by regular visits to your dentist. A deep cleaning combined with scaling and root planing may be necessary to get you back on track.

How to Prevent Periodontal Disease

Daily oral hygiene is essential to fighting periodontal disease. This involves brushing, flossing and using an anti-plaque rinse. Keep up with dental appointments and exams. Eat a whole food diet that is low in sugar and refined carbohydrates. Avoid sodas and tobacco.


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🌟Staff Introduction🌟
Meet Kelly, our amazing Office Manager & Treatment Plan Coordinator!
Kelly has been with Dr.Samant for over 8 years! Kelly’s favorite part of Dentistry is the feedback from the patients. Knowing that she can make a difference in a patients visit goes a long way, she says.
In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her Husband and their two daughters. “We love to explore the world and do activities for them to keep their little minds stimulated.”
In 3 words she describes herself as – passionate, organized, and energetic!
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Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! 🍁🦃 We hope you have a filling and safe Holiday! ☺️

Our office will be closed early today at 1pm and 11/25 all day. We will be back opened on Monday November 29th for normal hours.

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🌟Staff Highlight🌟
Meet Preslee, one of our Dental Assistants!
Preslee’s favorite part about Dentistry is seeing the Patients fall in love with their smile.☺️ With her free time, Preslee enjoys spending time with her 2 kids and being anywhere near the water!
In 3 words.. (or more🤪) she describes herself as – loud (like really loud), outgoing, life of the party.
Preslee keeps our team rolling and is happy to help you at your next visit! 💛#dentalassistant#smartsmiledentistry#staffhighlights#smile

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🌟STAFF HIGHLIGHT🌟
Meet Leanne, our Administrative Assistant and Insurance Coordinator!
Leanne’s favorite part about dentistry is observing how happy patients are with their final results. She says, “I remember the unexplainable feeling I had when I first saw myself in the mirror after having my braces removed – pure bliss.” ☺️
In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her kids. “We never sit still when they’re around.” Leanne also enjoys spending time around her son, Brady’s grave – “it’s very calming.”
In 3 words, Leanne describes herself as: Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy. (She related to the 7 dwarfs) 😋

Leanne is a huge asset to our team and is ready to help you with any insurance questions you may have! 🦷❤️
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