Periodontal Disease Bethesda and Washington DC
Israel Puterman, DMD, MSD is a periodontist in greater Bethesda and Washington DC area who has extensive experience and advanced training in treating periodontal disease.
To learn more about Dr. Puterman’s credentials and expertise, please see his biography page. For more information about periodontal disease, please continue reading below.
Periodontal disease is defined by the loss of attachment of the teeth to the surrounding tissue and bone. Your dentist measures the “pockets” around your teeth in order to see how tight the gum tissue is. If the gum tissue is found to be tight, then you can expect to hear readings in the range of 1-3 mm. Readings greater than that imply that the gum tissue is loosening its attachment around the teeth. With deeper pockets, there typically is bleeding, inflammation, and puffy gums. Similar to having high cholesterol, this situation typically does not result in pain, and you may not feel that anything is wrong.
What causes periodontal disease?
Generally speaking, the answer is improper brushing and flossing. However, over the past several years we’ve found that genetics plays a very large role in this process. Some Bethesda and Washington DC patients are very sensitive to plaque, and their bodies “over-react” to it, creating deeper pockets from a seemingly small amount of plaque.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Regardless of the cause, treatment needs to be done as early in the process as possible, as periodontal disease is irreversible. It can be managed, but not cured. If left untreated, advancement of periodontal disease can result in loss of the affected teeth.
There has been much research lately studying the link between periodontal disease and heart disease, along with diabetes, and pre-term birth. This is not surprising, as the very negative effect of inflammation on our bodies is well-established. Treating and reducing the inflammation in your mouth will have an overall positive effect on your total health.
Allow Dr. Puterman to help you treat periodontal disease. Contact our office in the Bethesda and Washington DC area to schedule a consultation. Call (301) 652-0939.