Fifteen reasons you should see a periodontist

There are a number of reasons why you should see a periodontist. If you struggle with any of the 15 symptoms listed below, it is likely that you could benefit from seeing a periodontist as soon as possible.

Why brushing and
flossing isn’t enough

Brushing and cleaning between your teeth is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your oral health; yet, oral disease can still find its way into your mouth. There are 4 reasons why you need more than a toothbrush to stop oral disease from affecting you.

Periodontal disease facts

At Ward Periodontics, we emphasize education so that our patients develop a greater awareness and appreciation for quality periodontal care and oral home care. The truth is, periodontal disease can affect anyone at any time. Here are a few things you should know.

  • Periodontal disease is preventable for most people.
  • There are genetic influences that can alter your risk for periodontal diseases.
  • Gingivitis (swollen, red, bleeding gums) is the first stage in the development of periodontal disease.
  • If gingivitis is left untreated it can progress to periodontal disease.
  • Smoking increases your risk for developing periodontal disease.
  • Certain medications can put you at risk for developing periodontal and other gingival diseases.
  • Periodontal disease is not curable. It is managed and maintained.
  • Poor health and obesity are risk factors for periodontal disease.
  • Periodontal disease is a silent disease that causes little pain until the end stage of the disease, when losing teeth is the only option for treatment.
  • 70 Million people have periodontal disease.
  • Periodontal disease is the number one chronic infection in the world.
  • Periodontal disease is the number one reason for tooth loss.
  • 50% of people over age 30 have periodontal disease.
  • 70% of people over age 60 have periodontal disease.
  • Gingivitis can be treated and cured.
  • Periodontal disease is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
  • If you are diabetic you are more likely to develop periodontal disease.
  • Periodontal disease can make diabetes more difficult to control.
  • Diabetes can make periodontal disease more difficult to control.
  • Clenching and grinding can accelerate the bone loss process that happens in periodontal disease.

Are dental implants right for me?

A missing or decayed tooth is a blemish that nobody wants affecting his or her smile. If you have a tooth that is missing or nearly gone, a dental implant might be the best path forward to restoring your smile. Learn more about implants and whether you are a candidate!