Did you know that almost 75% of adults have gum disease, but many are not aware that they have it?
Periodontal disease is a chronic infection associated with the tissues that support your teeth. It occurs when bacteria are allowed to accumulate on and around the teeth and gums. Tobacco use significantly increases the risk and severity of periodontal disease. Other risk factors include certain medications, defective dental work, and crooked teeth.
Left untreated periodontal disease can not only lead to tooth loss, but it can also put you at greater risk for serious systemic diseases such as: Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes.
Warning signs for periodontal disease include: red, swollen, tender, and bleeding gums, bad breath, bad taste in the mouth, and teeth that are moving or have become loose. However, often times these warning signs are not present or can be so subtle that they go unnoticed.
We do a complete periodontal exam as part of our new patient exam. This allows us to detect periodontal disease even in its early stages. Most cases of periodontal disease can be treated non-surgically with scaling and root planing (deep cleaning). It is important to note that follow up care is critical to maintaining periodontal health.