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Periodontal Disease

01 Mar 2014
Chances are you or a family member have some stage of gum (periodontal) disease. Relax. While many adults do develop some degree of periodontal disease as part of the aging process, there are steps you can take to prevent it. Periodontal disease is usually a slow, painless, progressive disease. Most adults with gum disease are unaware that they have it.

Our goal is to help you keep your teeth for your entire lifetime. To do this you must remove the plaque from your teeth and gums every day with proper brushing and flossing. Regular dental visits are also important. (see Brushing and Flossing on our web site). A professional cleaning at least twice a year is necessary to remove calculus from places your toothbrush and floss have missed.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is periodontal disease?
  • Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by plaque, a colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth. Plaque irritates the gums, causing them to become red, tender and swollen. It also causes the gums to bleed easily. If not removed, plaque hardens to form calculus (tartar) around the necks of the teeth.
  • Eventually, the tissue that attacks the gums to the teeth is destroyed by the irritants in plaque. The gums pull away from the teeth and small pockets formbetween the teeth and gums. These pockets become filled with more plaque. Eventually, the jawbone supporting the teeth is destroyed.
   
What are the signs?
  • Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth.
  • Red, swollen or tender gums.
  • Gums that have receded or shrunken away from your teeth.
  • Pus between your teeth and gums when you press your gums with your finger.
  • Teeth that seem loose or that change position; often the front teeth tend to "fan" out.
  • A change in your bite
  • Bad breath or a chronic bad taste in your mout