What is Periodontal Disease?
What happens if you don’t go to the dentist? We’ve all heard the answer, from a variety of sources. Our moms said our teeth would fall out. Our teachers told us we would get cavities. What does the dentist say?
One of the more extreme consequences of poor dental hygiene is periodontal disease. Also referred to as gum disease, this problem can surface in the form of inflammation or major damage to gum tissue or bones that support your teeth. When periodontal disease goes untreated, it can result in unwanted tooth extraction, a result our team desperately wants to avoid.
Periodontal disease is caused by the plaque created by bacteria in your mouth. If left untreated, the plaque sits on your teeth and gums and hardens to form tartar. Tartar can’t be cleaned by a toothbrush and requires a professional cleaning from a dental hygienist.
Over time, plaque and tartar wreaks havoc on your gums and causes gingivitis. Common gingivitis can still be treated by regular hygiene and visits to the dentist. However, once gingivitis becomes advanced, it leads to periodontitis, or periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes gums to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that become infected. The body then fights this infection, resulting in bone loss and destruction of the connective tissue that holds your teeth in place. In the end, the teeth may have to be removed to fight the infection and restore the mouth to full health again.
Periodontal disease doesn’t have to happen to anyone. If you have any questions about our treatments or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment and our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.
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