Gum Disease Therapy
Healthy gums are essential to overall dental health.
Over time, age and other conditions can threaten the health of your gums and teeth. Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is usually painless, so patients who have it may not know it. Bacteria in our mouths cause periodontal disease. There is no cure for it, but active treatment can slow its progression. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause the loss of teeth and bone in the mouth. Further, new research suggests that periodontal disease may be associated with other systemic conditions, like diabetes and vascular diseases.
Early stage periodontal disease is called gingivitis.
Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Changes in the fit of partial dentures
- Loose teeth
- Separation between the teeth and gums
- Swollen, painful gums
- Tooth movement
Periodontal disease is chronic, irreversible and can cause the loss of teeth and bone in your jaws. Your jaw bones support your teeth. When periodontal disease damages the jawbone, it can no longer support your teeth well. Your teeth can loosen, which can admit more bacteria into the support structures for your teeth. Regular dental checkups are essential to spotting and halting periodontal disease before it can cause major damage to your mouth.