Periodontal disease, commonly known as “gum disease”, can be responsible for the loss of teeth in some patients. Periodontal disease is an infection of bacteria in the mouth that results in damaged gums and the bone supporting the teeth and gums. If left untreated, it can cause deterioration of the teeth and gums. The bacteria that is associated with periodontal disease has even been linked to certain health conditions such as heart conditions and pregnancy complications.
Gum disease can start in some patients as another disease known as gingivitis. This is inflammation or redness of the gums. If caught early the effects of gum disease can be reversed by daily brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups to maintain good oral health. Routine oral cleanings and exams with our professional staff at Collier Dental can help ensure that plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth to stop the damage before it becomes irreversible.
Warning signs of periodontal disease:
- Gums symptoms (bleeding, red, swollen, etc.)
- Bleeding of your gums
- Bad breath that show no signs of improvement
- Teeth becoming loose
- Pus between your teeth