The word periodontal means “the tissue around the teeth”.
Periodontal disease is most commonly caused by plaque and is, unfortunately, often discovered only after it has persisted for an extended period of time. It is an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support your teeth. Healthy gum tissue fits like a cuff around each tooth. When someone has periodontal disease, the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth. As the disease worsens, the tissue and bone that support the tooth are destroyed. Over time, teeth may fall out or need to be removed. Proper oral hygiene with routine cleanings and check ups and daily dental care including brushing & flossing a minimum of 2x/day can help minimize the risk of gum disease and tooth loss.
Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to moderate (periodintitis) to the severe (periodontitis). Treatments are available for every case of gum disease.
The effects of gum disease can be damaging to your dental health. However, through proper preventive care and oral hygiene, you can avoid problems associated with gum disease.
Please contact our office for a periodontal evaluation.