Do your gums bleed even slightly when you floss and brush your teeth? Have you noticed that your gums are swollen, red, or tender? Has a spouse or partner commented on your breath? If so, you may suffer from Periodontal Disease. Periodontal Disease, which is also known as “Gum Disease”.
This is a condition that affects the gum tissues and can cause serious problems for your smile, the health of your mouth, and have a serious impact on your overall health. Gum disease is caused by bacteria in plaque and tartar: when plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth, the bacteria inflame and irritate the gum tissues. If this condition is not treated, it can lead to a receding gum line, bone loss, and tooth loss. In addition, research has shown that untreated periodontal disease is connected to several health complications, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Pregnancy complications
- Respiratory conditions
Frequently Asked Questions about Periodontal Disease Treatment
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
The symptoms of periodontal disease are not pleasant.
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Loose or lost teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain when chewing
What does periodontal disease cause?
Commonly known as gingivitis and gum disease, periodontal disease refers to inflammation and infection in your gums, and it can have sweeping effects.
When left untreated, periodontal disease can cause serious conditions like:
- Tooth loss
- Jaw bone deterioration;
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Preterm delivery
- Babies with low birth weight
It is important to seek treatment early so we can restore your oral health and prevent you from experiencing such severe consequences as these.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath is a direct result of periodontal disease. When plaque and tartar build-up under your gum line, your gums can easily become irritated and inflamed. If left untreated, the decay can create all sorts of issues, including bleeding gums, tooth loss, and bad breath.
Regular brushing and flossing will help to reinforce daily hygiene, while Bacsa Family Dental and Implant Center protects you from periodontal disease with regular dental hygiene appointments and cleanings.
How can I prevent periodontal disease?
Dr. Bacsa and our highly trained hygienists can significantly reduce your chances of periodontal disease with regular cleanings and preventive care.
Your dental cleaning is an integral part of your regular six-month appointment, helping to eliminate harmful bacteria, stop decay, and restore your healthy, bright smile.