Periodontitis Checkup; Preparation for Your Appointment
Posted on 4/12/2021 by Hilton Israelson, DDS
The word periodontitis means swelling or inflammation around the tooth. This is caused by the buildup of bacteria between the teeth and gums. If left untreated, over time, it can result in swelling or bleeding gums and pain while chewing or brushing your teeth. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of periodontal disease, then you need to prepare for your periodontitis checkup. The following tips should help you get started.
Remember Your Symptoms
More often than not, folks have a hard time explaining the symptoms they are experiencing. To make sure the dentist is able to make a correct diagnosis, it is important to remember the symptoms you are experiencing. This is because while some of the symptoms might be related to periodontitis, others might not. Only a professional dentist will help you find out what's causing your symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms of people who have periodontitis include:
Pain and swelling of the gums
Keep Your Personal Health Records
While periodontal disease is normally treated with non-invasive treatment procedures, in certain cases where the gum disease is left untreated, surgical methods may be used. This is why your dentist will need to see your medical history. Before meeting with the dentist, it is crucial to make sure you have all of your medical documents in order. This includes all past documentation on any underlying health conditions.
Do You Take Any Medication?
It is imperative that you share all information regarding any medication you are taking for an underlying disease or a recurring illness or medical condition. While periodontitis treatment could also mean taking antibiotics, it is important to make sure the dentist knows of any medication you are taking.
To find out more about periodontal disease and preventive measures contact Dr. Wu and at Dr. Xixi Wu. We are always ready to answer your questions and guide you through the treatment options. Call (972) 669-9444 to schedule your appointment today.