WHAT IS GUM DISEASE OR PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Is a silent, persistent bacterial infection around the gums and the bone that support the teeth
Some indication that you may have an infection:
- Pain while chewing
- Red, swollen and tender gums
- Gums that bleed after brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath and Loose teeth
A major cause of tooth loss in adult however, the early warning signs can prevent to get advanced periodontitis, during each routing checkup, Our Dentist will examine you for periodontal disease. A periodontal probe is used to determine if there is any breakdown in the gum tissue attachment or if there are pockets developed between you gums and teeth.
There are many stages:
GINGIVITIS: A mild inflation of the gums due to plaque buildup is red, sore and bleeds when prove.
PERIODONTITIS: If left untreated, gum separates from tooth and bone level deteriorates.
ADVANCED PERIODONTITIS: At this stage, gums recede further and separate from the tooth, may develop Pus, Bone continues to deteriorate and tooth is loosened may fall out.
GUM DISEASE AFFECT MORE THAN JUST YOUR MOUTH
Your Doctor or hygienist may conduct scaling and root planning to remove the plaque and tartar from teeth. Understanding what is plaque and tartar or calculus. Often patient confuse Plaque and tartar:
PLAQUE: is sticky colorless deposit of bacteria that is constantly forming on the tooth surface.
Saliva, food, and fluids combine to produce these deposits that collect on teeth and where teeth and gums meet. And it begins 4to 12 hours after brushing.
TARTAR OR CALCULUS: Is a crusty deposit that can trap stains on the teeth and cause discoloration It crate a strong bond that can only be remove by a dental professional. Tartar formation may also cause new plaque and bacteria.
Now that we understand plaque and tartar here is a list of some general health problems that can be affected by periodontal disease
- SEVERE OSTEOPENIA
- RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS
- ORAL CANCER
- HEART DISEASE
- UNCONTROLLED DIABETES
- PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS