Do you have any of the following symptoms: Bleeding, red, tender, or swollen gums, pus around teeth and gums, teeth that are loose, spacing between teeth is changing or getting bigger, persistent bad breath (halitosis)? If so, these are some of the signs and symptoms of Periodontal Disease.
Periodontal Disease, the number one reason for tooth loss, affects the gums and teeth by attacking the tissues due to a toxic mixture of bacteria, food particles and saliva that has accumulated in the area. This toxic mixture is referred to by dental professionals as Plaque. If Plaque is not removed from the teeth it hardens and turns into Calculus, or Tartar, and is very difficult to remove and requires specialized tools and skills.
Most people (four out of five people) don't even know that the presence of Periodontal Disease exists in their mouth because the early stages of the disease are mostly painless. It isn't until the disease has progressed to later, more serious stages that they realize they have it.
Periodontal Disease research indicates the disease may increase the likelihood of getting other diseases and has been proven to increase the severity of diseases, including: Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, Bacterial Pneumonia, and even increased risk of complications during pregnancy. Scientists are still trying to determine whether the cause of the issues is due to the inflammation that is inherent with the disease or if it is related to something else.
Staying healthy by eating the right foods, maintaining a daily routine of brushing twice per day and flossing at least once per day, exercising, and visiting your dentist at your regularly scheduled hygiene and exam appointments will certainly reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease. If you have any questions regarding Periodontal Disease or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 281-492-6064. We look forward to meeting you.
- Causes of Periodontal Disease
- Mouth - Body Connection
- Signs & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Types of Periodontal Disease
- Periodontal Disease & Diabetes
- Periodontal Disease, Heart Disease & Stroke
- Periodontal Disease & Pregnancy
- Periodontal Disease & Osteoporosis
- Periodontal Disease & Respiratory Disease
- What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
- Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease
- Treatment of Periodontal Disease
- Maintenance of Periodontal Disease