Periodontal (gum and jaw bone) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that when left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial build up along and below the gum line that causes inflammation due to a toxic release of chemicals in the gums. The toxins damage the gums, tiny tissue fibers that connect to the tooth and the bone. This causes them to pull
away from the tooth resulting in gum and bone loss. It begins when the bacteria in plaque causes the gums and jaw bone to become inflamed and infected.
Without proper periodontal gum care, an excess of plaque turns into gingivitis, which sometimes becomes a more serious condition known as periodontitis. Gum and Jaw bone disease has been linked to several serious health problems ,such as Osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, pregnancy problems, diabetes and respiratory diseases. Symptoms of periodontal disease include red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, pain when chewing, loose teeth, bad breath and receding gums.Treatment for these dental issues is not optional it’s a must.
Risk factors for periodontal disease include smoking, hormonal changes, diabetes, illness, medications and genetics. Although it’s impossible to eliminate all of the risk factors that contribute to periodontal disease, it’s important to know all of the gum disease treatment options for early detection.
During a periodontal examination, your Family Plus Dental Centers Periodotists and hygienist, will diagnose the health of the gums and bones and uncover and treat periodontal disease to avoid health concerns for our patients. Gum disease treatment options by our Periodontists and our highly training dental hygienists include deep scaling, root planing, Arrestin™ antimicrobial antibiotics, gum surgery and other therapies.