The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into tarter. When plaque and tarter are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone around the teeth. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. During your regular hygiene visits, we will routinely evaluate your gums to determine your level of health.
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless especially in the early stages.
Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, cancer, stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease. Most people do not realize that the health of your mouth is directly linked to your overall body health!
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease. If it is diagnosed that you have gum disease, recommended treatment includes a DNA test to determine your specific strains of bacteria, customized gum therapy with a Dental Hygienist and detailed home care instruction.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease: