Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, occurs after bacteria forms too much plaque on the teeth. When plaque stays on teeth too long, it may harden and form tartar, which requires cleaning by a professional. Remember to floss and brush your teeth daily to prevent the formation of gum disease!
The effects of gum disease may vary depending on the severity of the infection. In gingivitis, the gums may swell, bleed, and be generally uncomfortable. In periodontitis, infection and subsequent inflammation of the gums will cause bacteria-filled pockets to form around the teeth and gums. These pockets can decay and destroy the teeth, gums and bones.
Fortunately, the milder form of periodontal disease, gingivitis, is curable with treatment from a dentist. Gingivitis may progress to periodontitis if tartar is not removed from the gums over time. Periodontitis is treatable by your dentist. Dr. Ryan Mendro and our staff at Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants are experienced in treating both gingivitis and periodontitis.
There are some side effects of periodontal disease you should be aware of. Some studies have found correlations between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes, premature birth, rheumatoid arthritis and dementia. These links may be caused by bacteria from the infected gums traveling into the bloodstream and vital organs. Inflammation in gum disease may also be responsible for some of the links to other diseases.
If you think you may be forming gum disease, schedule an appointment with our office in Ocoee, Florida, by calling our office at 407-378-0877 now.