What is Periodontal Disease?

When someone has periodontal disease it means that an excessive amount of plaque and calculus (tartar) have accumulated around the teeth, which causes deterioration to the surrounding area of your teeth. It can be characterized and identified by red, swollen and bleeding gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually begin to destroy the gums and bone.

Hygienst with patient

Symptoms

Because the early stages of periodontal disease is usually painless, it can be difficult to detect. Some of the signs and symptoms of developing periodontal disease include the following:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Increased spaces between teeth
  • Red and inflamed gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Increased spaces between teeth
  • Red and inflamed gums

Affiliated Diseases

Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks that are associated with periodontal disease. Untreated periodontal disease is dangerous. Some of the diseases that often co-inside with advanced periodontal disease include:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory Disease

Let Us Help You

To avoid advancement in periodontal disease, patients need to be aware of what is happening inside their mouths. This can easily be done by consistent practice of good oral hygiene and by attending regularly scheduled dental appointments. If there is any pain or discomfort surrounding your teeth or gums, it is strongly recommended that you visit a dentist immediately.