Healthy gums keep you smiling by keeping your teeth in place. But if your gums become diseased or infected, it could lead to more than tooth loss—it could make you sick. Periodontal disease has, in fact, been connected to serious and potentially fatal health problems such as heart diseases, poor circulation, and premature or low birth weight babies. Although the condition can be serious, the correct treatment can be very effective. We also collaborate with board-certified periodontists to supervise more complex cases.
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.
Some Warning Signs of Gum Disease
There are many factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease including smoking, pregnancy, and diabetes. It is important to visit Dr. David Sherrard if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better.
The Early Stage of Gum Disease Is Called Gingivitis.If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.
Advanced Gum Disease Is Called Periodontitis.Chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. If it does, your teeth may feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.
Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who may be otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone and may occur in some areas of the mouth, or in the entire mouth.
Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing. While a link is not conclusive, some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes or stroke.
Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. The treatment methods that your Silverdale, WA dentist diagnose will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring.
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