Periodontal or Gum Disease
Oral hygiene is very important for our health and happiness. Yet, people are more likely to ignore problems in their mouth than other health problems, until they become serious. Though we may not want to address an oral health problem and hope that it will go away on its own, the smart move is to see a dentist. Periodontal Disease can affect more than just your teeth and gums. It has been linked to an increased risk of Uncontrolled Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, Oral Cancer, Pregnancy Complications, Severe Osteopenia, Respiratory Infections, and even Alzheimer’s Dementia. With 75% of the United States population currently having some form of this disease, it is important to be examined by a dentist.
Let’s take a moment to answer the question, “What is Periodontal Disease?”
What is Periodontal Disease? Let’s Find Out
Periodontal Disease is a disease that attacks the support around each of your teeth. Mainly, this is the gums and bone around the root of the tooth. Periodontal Disease (also known as gum and bone disease) comes from plaque that builds up around your teeth, which is eventually turned into tartar if nothing is done to remove it. When plaque and tartar deposits build up on the roots of the teeth, there is destruction of the bone and gums around the teeth. This leads to deeper pockets that will allow bacteria to live and reproduce in these pockets, making the Periodontal Disease worse. As it worsens, teeth become loosened and gum abscesses set in. Uncontrolled Periodontal Disease can eventually lead to the loss of teeth and bone loss in your jaws.
Why Should I Care About Periodontal Disease?
About 75% of the population has some level of Periodontal Disease. Would it surprise you to know that 80% of people with Periodontal Disease do not even know they have it? That means you could have it right now, and not even know about it. This is why it is advised that you have the condition of your gums checked out at Finger Lakes Family Dental. After all, early detection is the key to effective treatment.
What are the kinds of Periodontal Disease Out There?
1. Chronic Periodontitis
Chronic Periodontal Disease is most notably identified because of inflammation in the supporting tissues. The inflammation leads to gum recession, bone loss, and deep pockets. Your teeth start to look longer as the gum around the teeth is being attacked by bacteria.
2. Aggressive Periodontitis
This is a kind of Periodontal Disease that can occur in perfectly healthy people. Considered a gum disease, Aggressive Periodontitis can result in a rapid loss of gum attachment to your teeth, as well as chronic bone destruction.
3. Necrotizing Periodontitis
Often seen in individuals suffering from long term systemic conditions, Necrotizing Periodontitis is a result of malnutrition and immunosuppression. This means that your body does not have the resources to fight off the disease, causing tissue death, as well as bone loss to occur more readily.
4. Periodontitis caused by Systemic Disease
Often starting at a very early age, this form of Periodontal Disease is seen in people with medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or respiratory disease. Many of the same symptoms will appear as a result.
Protect your gums from disease! For more information about periodontal disease treatments and other services, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by calling (607) 936-6394. You may also send us a message by visiting our Contact page and filling out the accompanying form.
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