Did you know that 50% of all adults have some form of Periodontal Disease, often without realizing it? Periodontal disease is chiefly responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath and receding gums. However, it can easily be prevented with proper hygiene, home care, and professional treatment. If periodontal disease is diagnosed in its early stages, treatments are easier, less invasive, and more effective. Every visit with Dr. Strickland includes a complete evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues. In the event of problems, you will receive advanced periodontal therapy to heal and restore your oral health.
You might already be suffering from periodontal disease, even if you’re not experiencing any pain. Be on the lookout for these symptoms and be sure to alert your dental team:
• Bleeding or receding gums
• Bad breath
• Loose teeth
• Pus around teeth
Q: My gums bleed. Why is this?
A: Gums affected by periodontal disease become red and inflamed, often bleeding during brushing or flossing. Timely treatment can reverse these conditions. However, if these conditions are ignored, your periodontal disease can worsen, becoming a condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is much more difficult to treat.
Periodontitis affects your gums, bone and teeth in a manner that cannot be reversed. To prevent tooth loss, you may require more extensive, specialized treatment from your general dentist or even a periodontist. If left untreated, periodontitis results in tooth loss – teeth either fall out on their own, or must be extracted. If you don’t diagnose and treat periodontitis in its early stages, you may require extensive surgery to save your teeth and may put yourself at risk for other serious health problems.
Q: What is periodontal disease?
A: Gums affected by periodontal disease become red and inflamed, often times bleeding during brushing or flossing. If treated in a timely manner, these conditions can be reversed, preventing periodontal disease from developing. Periodontitis is much more difficult to treat.
According to Caesy Dental Education, “Ailments associated with periodontal disease include respiratory disease, pneumonia, strokes, ulcers, difficult-to-control diabetes, low birth weight babies, and infective endocarditis, a dangerous infection of the heart valves. Researchers recently discovered that this chronic infection in your mouth creates an open doorway for plaque bacteria to enter the blood stream. These bacteria – Streptococcus sangguis – may cause blood clots that can block your arteries and even trigger a heart attack.”
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