Periodontal disease is a progressive disease which affects the supporting and surrounding tissue of the gums, and also the underlying jawbone. It’s also called perodontitis or gum disease and If left untreated it can result in loose, unstable teeth, and even tooth loss. Periodontal disease is in fact the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the developed world and should not be taken lightly. It has been linked to heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, premature births, and rheumatoid arthritis. That’s why it is so important to not neglect your oral health.
Here are some common symptoms of gum disease:
- Swollen gums
- Dark buildup between teeth
- Bleeding gums when you floss
- Constant bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Decaying teeth
Even though you can detect gum disease through these symptoms, it is still possible to have gum disease and not know it. Some people ignore bleeding gums when flossing when it can actually be sign of gum disease. By not having regular checkups and cleanings, you could end up having some very difficult health issues. When it comes to gum disease, an ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure.
So How Do We Assess The Problem
We assess the severity of your condition accurately by conducting a periodontal probe to measure pocket depth. A healthy pocket (around every tooth) is typically 3mm deep or less. The greater the pocket depth, the more severe your periodontal disease is. When the pocket attracts tartar, food particles, or bacteria inside of it (like a splinter), the gums and bone pull back and off of the tooth root. Your body can’t fight this infection with the “splinter” stuck to the root. The result is the tissue breaks down and the pocket gets deeper and deeper.
If you have red, swelling and bleeding gums or you have decaying teeth or bad breath, you need to be checked for gum disease. Because it can progress so quickly, you need to see us right away and begin treatment. It’s a small cost to pay treating it early before other symptoms develop and it cost you more down the road.
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) indicates that 3 out of 4 Americans have some form of periodontal disease. We do not want you or your family to join this outrageous statistic.
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