Periodontal dentistry is generally a preventative form of dentistry, addressing the treatment and controlling of the disease of the tissues surrounding the teeth. When someone has been diagnosed with periodontal disease, it generally means there is an infection of the bone and surrounding gum tissues caused by bacteria. These bacteria, if left untreated, will eventually begin to destroy the gums and bone that support your teeth, causing them to loosen and be lost altogether.
Because the early stages of periodontal disease are painless, it can be difficult to detect. Some of the signs and symptoms of developing periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Increased spaces between teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus around the gums and teeth
- Receding gums around a tooth
- Tenderness and discomfort
Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks associated with periodontal disease, as it can worsen chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain stroke factors, due to the inflammatory nature of these bacteria. That is why we make every effort to help you prevent the disease.
Prevention of periodontal disease is among our main objectives and if patients practice good oral hygiene, eat a balanced diet, and attend regularly scheduled professional cleaning appointments, the incidence of this disease can be greatly reduced. Untreated periodontal disease can literally be dangerous to one’s overall health, therefore, if there is any pain or discomfort surrounding your teeth or gums, it is strongly recommended that you visit a dentist immediately.
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