Periodontal disease (commonly called "gum disease") is a chronic infection of the gums and other supporting tissues, including the bone that holds your teeth in place. If it is not addressed, the result can be permanent damage to the jawbone and tooth loss.
Recent studies have demonstrated a connection between periodontal disease and serious conditions that include stroke, heart disease, respiratory disease, and some types of cancer. Women with periodontal disease are more likely to deliver babies pre-term with low birth weights.
In the advanced stages of periodontal disease, symptoms are likely to include red, tender, inflamed gums that pull back from your teeth and periodontal bone. Other signs of the disease can include:
- Bad breath
- Teeth that feel mobile
- Sensitive teeth
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Pain when chewing
Treating periodontal disease early on is key to keeping it under control. These treatments often include a more thorough cleaning and improved home care. In later stages, however, a deeper cleaning, known as scaling and root planing, is required. Sometimes antibiotic therapy or surgery can be needed to treat the condition.
Regular visits to the dentist and cleanings with your dental hygienist help prevent periodontal disease. We recommend that you come see us every six months and follow the care plans that we suggest. Give us a call today to schedule your next preventive check-up and cleaning!