Periodontal disease is another term for gum disease. This common oral health condition is the chronic inflammation of your gum tissue. In addition to affecting the health of your gums, this condition also affects the health of your periodontal ligaments, your jawbone, and your whole body. When you have periodontal disease, you can be faced with serious consequences including gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss. At The Dentists at North Cypress, we can help.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
One of the most common causes of periodontal disease is poor oral hygiene practices. The ADA recommends brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. It is also recommended that you have your mouth cleaned and examined professionally at least twice annually. Being lax in any of these habits, even occasionally, can lead to an accumulation of plaque and bacteria, greatly increasing your risk for complications. Other causes of periodontal disease include:
How Periodontal Disease Progresses
Gum disease starts as a result of a bacterial infection. As bacteria attack your gums, they become irritated and swollen. Eventually, swollen tissue begins to pull away from your teeth, which leads to the formation of pockets. Pockets collect more plaque and bacteria, which continue to attack your gums from the inside. Pockets grow deeper, and the bacteria are soon able to attack your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone. Over time, your gums begin to recede, and your teeth become loose. You may even be faced with tooth loss. Bacteria can also enter into your bloodstream, increasing your risk for issues such as heart disease and diabetes.
What are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
The symptoms of periodontal disease vary depending on how advanced the disease has become. Symptoms include:
How is Periodontal Disease Treated?
The exact treatment you receive for periodontal disease depends on how advanced it is. Treatments include:
When periodontal disease develops, getting treatment right away is essential. Call The Dentists at North Cypress today at (281) 664-8100 for more information and to schedule your appointment.
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