It sneaks into your mouth slowly, sometimes silently and painlessly, and steals your teeth! This horrible creature, called gum disease or periodontal disease, affects over 75% of adults at some time and causes them more tooth loss than cavities do. Periodontal Disease describes a condition in which the health of the bone and gum tissue that support your teeth is compromised. Periodontal Disease can have significant effects on not only your oral, but also systemic health!
Caused by plaque bacteria that attack 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
To rid your mouth of Periodontitis, we remove the buildup of bacterial plaque and calculus, through scraping or sonic vibration. Alternatively, antibiotics may be placed between the teeth and gums, which also help to reduce plaque and combat the disease.
When detected in early, gum disease can somewhat easily be treated and even reversed. Let your dentist at Timberview Family Dentistry know if you are experiencing any symptoms listed above as soon as you can by calling (405) 737-0404.