Periodontal disease. It sneaks into your mouth slowly, usually silently and painlessly, and steals your teeth! Gum disease or periodontal disease, affects over 75% of adults by age 45 and causes them more tooth loss than cavities do.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums primarily caused by the toxins in dental plaque bacteria. Gum disease can affect anyone. Those at increased risk are people with a history of tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, family history, especially crooked teeth, pregnancy, diabetes and certain medications can all contribute to gum disease. If this infection continues, the gums will separate from the teeth causing pockets (spaces) to form, and eventually teeth will become loose and tooth loss occurs. When detected in earlier stages of gum disease, the condition can be treated and even reversed.
What are the signs of periodontal disease?
As plaque bacteria mounts an attack on the gums, supporting tissues and even bones, periodontal disease may display warning signs such as:
Gums that are red, swollen, tender or bleed easily
Gums that have pulled away from teeth
Persistent bad breath or bad taste
Changes in tooth position, looseness, separation or mismatch
But in many cases, there are no warning signs and no pain.
How can periodontal disease be prevented?
Prevention starts with daily tooth brushing and flossing, and once you’re diagnosed with periodontal disease, you’ll need regular professional periodontal examinations and cleanings. Tobacco users and individuals suffering from diabetes have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease, and it is often more severe. Also, during times when women’s hormonal changes are greatest, during puberty, pregnancy and menopause, the chance of periodontal disease may increase.
Call today for periodontal therapy in Gilbert
Even with the best of intentions, most people will develop some level of periodontal disease. Only professional intervention can stop the progress, kill the infection and heal the gums. Let the caring and skilled team at Sonoran Vista Dentistry in Gilbert check your gums today and help ward off that sneaky attacker!
Sonoran Vista Dentistry is accepting new patients. Call us today to discuss your dental health goals. We’d love to take care of you and your family!
Our Gilbert, AZ, dental practice, conveniently located just off the I-60 on Baseline Rd. west of Gilbert Rd., also serves patients in the neighboring communities of Mesa, Chandler, and Tempe.