Protecting your Gums from Periodontal Disease
While easy to prevent, periodontal disease is one of the most common dental health issues for adults. In Abilene, Drs. Sivley and Toogood focus on patient education, helping individuals of all ages understand how to prevent and treat gum disease.
What is Periodontal Disease?
The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.
Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
Being able to identify the symptoms of gum disease allows patients to proactively seek treatment for this condition and provides a greater likelihood of reversing any damage caused by gum disease. Symptoms to look for include:
If you are experiencing any of the above signs or symptoms, call our Abilene family dentists today.