Periodontal Disease

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The word periodontal means “around the tooth”.  Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.  Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva.  If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar).  When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.  Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it!  Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.  Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions.  Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits to Dental Group of Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA. can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding gumsGums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Loose teethAlso caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • New spacing between teethCaused by bone loss.
  • Persistent bad breathCaused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gumsSign that there is an infection present.
  • Receding gumsLoss of gum around a tooth.
  • Red and puffy gumsGums should never be red or swollen.
  • Tenderness or DiscomfortPlaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

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