Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a result of the bacteria located in plaque. If not consistently removed, this bacteria build up, infecting your teeth, gums, and eventually the bone that supports your teeth. This a common cause of tooth loss. Periodontal disease has three major stages of progression: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it.
Warning signs that can signal a problem include:
- Gums that bleed easily.
- Red, swollen, tender gums.
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste.
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating.
- Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
- Change in the fit of partial dentures.
Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing. While a link is not confirmed, some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes or stroke.
The longer the disease is allowed to advance, the more damage it causes. Oak Lane Family Dental can help. With advancements in detection and treatment, we can discover periodontal disease early and begin treatment before complicated issues arise. If you have any questions or want to learn more about our services, please contact Oak Lane Family Dental today at (601)587-7737.