Periodontics focuses on the diseases that destroy gums. A periodontist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of such diseases. These often include gum disease, periodontal ligaments, and bones that support and hold your teeth in place. Bacteria and infections can damage these supporting structures, causing tooth loss. Severe symptoms of periodontal disease include loose teeth, high levels of bacteria, bad breath, and sensitive gums. Without proper oral care, the structure that holds your teeth in place will become weak, causing teeth to fall out.
When you don’t have all your teeth, normal tasks like talking and chewing can be extremely difficult and painful. Your appearance can also be altered since your teeth help support many of your facial features. If periodontal disease is not treated in a timely manner, it can develop other serious issues such as heart attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, and potentially death.
Periodontal or Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is most commonly found among individuals who lack proper oral hygiene, have a poor diet, high levels of stress, and genetics that make them more susceptible to developing harmful bacteria in their mouth. Nearly 80% of adults have some form of gum disease. These range in severity from mild gingivitis to extreme cases of periodontal disease. Most individuals don’t know they have gum disease because the symptoms generally aren’t painful. It is often referred to as a “silent disease” for this very reason.
The following can be signs of gum disease:
Swollen, puffy and/or red gums
Chronic bad breath
Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
Exudate (pus) oozing from gums
If you experience any of the symptoms above, it's important to inform us so we can examine you for periodontal disease.
Flossing is Vital
Flossing is crucial in protecting yourself from gum disease. A recent study found cancer, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and premature birth are more associated with chronic ongoing inflammation, like as gum disease, than other causes such as genetics. Flossing removes excess food from your teeth that can otherwise create harmful bacteria and potentially turn into periodontal disease. It is recommended by the American Dental Association to floss at least once a day.
Routine checkups are essential in detecting periodontal disease. Call us today at (831) 724-6000 to schedule your appointment.
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