Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, ranks among the most common diseases in the United States, affecting approximately 80 percent of American adults to some degree. Fortunately, regular periodontal screenings and appropriate oral hygiene regimens can help to control the disease.
Periodontal disease is caused by plaque and tartar, the latter of which can only be removed through a thorough cleaning by a dental professional. When left untreated, the buildup of plaque and tartar can result in periodontitis, a disease that adversely affects the bones, gums, and other supporting tissues. Furthermore, research has found that gum disease can contribute to other serious health problems including heart disease, stroke, respiratory problems, diabetes, pneumonia, and increased health risks during pregnancy.
By seeking treatment during the earliest stages of the disease, patients stand an excellent chance of halting the progress of periodontal disease and preserving their natural teeth.
Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Constant bad breath
- Pus between teeth
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pain while chewing
- A noticeable change in tooth position when biting
- A noticeable change in the fit of partial dental appliances
Our office offers the most up to date non-surgical techniques for treating periodontal disease.