Just The Facts…About Periodontal Disease

  • Posted on: Oct 15 2015
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You don’t want disease to affect any part of your body…you want to be healthy and stay healthy and you do whatever it takes to maintain your body’s health.
Hopefully, this is true for your mouth and teeth as well.

Did you know that one of the most common causes of tooth loss in the United States is periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the bones and soft tissues that support your teeth.
In the worst cases, teeth are lost.

Periodontal DiseaseYour mouth is full of bacteria, germs, bacteria and debris. They combine to cause bad breath for some people – but they also combine to form a sticky, colorless film on your teeth…called plaque.

The cause of periodontal disease is most commonly poor oral hygiene, so good dental hygiene is the key.

Brushing and flossing regularly can help get rid of plaque but plaque that’s not removed forms tartar which can only be removed by a dentist or a hygienist. The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more harmful they become.

Plaque, tartar and bacteria left on the teeth can cause gingivitis.
Signs to look for are gums that bleed easily and are tender, swollen and red.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. It is easily treated and can usually be reversed with good dental habits. If gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis, inflammation around the gums and teeth.

In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected.
The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque grows below the gum line.
This natural response to infection starts to break down the tissues and bone that hold the teeth in place. If left untreated, tissue, gums and bone are destroyed. Teeth become loose and eventually have to be removed.

The earlier it is caught, the easier periodontal disease is to treat.
Here are some things to look for:

  • Bleeding, swollen, red gums
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Recessed gums
  • Sensitive teeth

Want to learn more? Call Wylie Dental Care, today for a consultation: (304) 845-2480.

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