Periodontal disease affects three out of four adults. It is caused by bacterial plaque build-up that infects the periodontal (gum) tissues. This infection destroys the tissue and bone that supports the teeth. The #1 cause of adult tooth loss in America is periodontal disease.
The solution to controlling periodontal disease is relatively simple. After initial therapy, combine professional dental care (usually four times a year), with effective daily plaque control at home.
Signs and Symptoms
What To Look For!
An Adequate Home Care Program and Regular Dental Office Visits Can Control Periodontal Disease.
Gums have healthy pink color
Gum line hugs teeth tightly
Gums bleed easily when you brush or when probed gently during examination
Gums are inflamed and sensitive to touch
Possible bad breath and bad taste
Gums between teeth may look bluish-red in color
Gums may begin to pull away from the teeth
Bleeding, puffiness and inflammation more pronounced
Bad breath and bad taste
Slight loss of bone, horizontally on X-ray
Pockets of 3-4mm between teeth and gums in one or more areas of the mouth
Gum boils or abscesses may develop
Teeth look longer as gums begin to recede
Front teeth may begin to drift, showing spaces
Bad breath, bad taste
Both horizontal and angular bone loss on X-ray
Pockets between teeth and gum range from 4-6mm deep
Teeth may become mobile or loose
Bad breath, bad taste are constant
Roots may be exposed and are sensitive to hot and cold
Severe horizontal and angular bone loss on X-ray
Pockets between teeth and gum now in excess of 6mm deep
If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of periodontal disease, you should contact your dental professional as soon as possible for a complete evaluation. With today's knowledge and technologies, you do not have to prematurely loose your teeth to this disease.
We have treated many people suffering from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis to achieve improved health.