Periodontal disease or gum disease occurs when the tissues around your teeth become chronically inflamed or infected. If you have this condition, your gums pull away from your teeth over time, allowing bacteria to attack your teeth at the roots. If the disease continues to progress, you eventually begin losing your teeth because of the infection. For this reason, periodontal disease requires immediate treatment to save as many of your teeth as possible.
You may have periodontal disease if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Most cases of periodontal disease occur because of poor oral hygiene. If you don’t clean your teeth properly, bacteria form a plaque. Eventually, this plaque hardens into calculus or tartar, which is a substance that releases toxins. These toxins weaken and irritate your gums, which leads to gum disease.
When you have periodontal disease, the goal of treatment is to stop the progression of the disease. In the earlier stages of gum disease, you may benefit from scaling and root planing. During this procedure, your dentist uses special tools to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth. The dentist also treats the surface of the roots of your teeth to make it more difficult for bacteria to grow.
In more severe cases of gum disease, invasive treatments may be necessary to remove plaque, recontour damaged bone, and prevent further complications. Your dentist can tell you which treatment option is best in your case.
You can prevent periodontal disease by caring for your teeth properly. Brush and floss twice every day, and schedule a professional cleaning once every six months. If you notice any signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
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