Periodontal/Gum Disease Care and Treatment
Do you know that gum disease affects about half of the American adult population? It can lead to tooth loss if undiagnosed and untreated. Even more importantly, it can lead to significant heart disease. It is always best to avoid gum disease in the first place, but how do you do that? What causes gum disease or periodontal disease in the first place?
? What causes gum disease or periodontal disease?
It is almost always caused by plaque, which is a film that covers the teeth. Plaque is made up of bacteria that forms because of the food and liquids we consume.
The problem occurs when plaque is not removed properly. You must brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis or else the unremoved plaque can cause gum inflammation and irritation.
The gum irritation and inflammation is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is reversible, but must be acted upon promptly.
If plaque remains on the teeth and if gingivitis isn’t treated properly, periodontitis can occur. The gums will start to pull away from the teeth and the gum tissue will be destroyed. With advanced periodontics cases, patients might lose teeth or even parts of the jawbone.
Symptoms of Gum Disease May Include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
Get screened for periodontal and gum disease today
If you live in or near Glendale, NY, contact us to schedule your appointment. We will screen you for periodontal or gum disease and provide treatments when needed. Don’t suffer any longer; get screened today.