Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth
loss in adults
Early and moderate periodontal disease may
exhibit few, if any, symptoms. However, warning
signs of advanced periodontal disease may
include red, swollen, or bleeding gums; persistent
bad breath; permanent teeth that are loose
or separating; or changes in the way your
teeth fit together when you bite.
There are many stages and forms of periodontal
If left untreated, gum infection damages
bone and supporting tissues.
At this stage, gums recede further and separate
from the tooth.
|CHECKING FOR PERIODONTAL DISEASE
During each routine checkup, your dentist
will examine you for periodontal disease.
A periodontal probe is used to determine
if there is any breakdown in the gum tissue
attachment or if pockets have developed between
your gums and teeth.
TREATING AND PREVENTING PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Treatment will depend on the type of periodontal
disease and how far the condition has progressed.
Treatment options include:
If deep pockets are found and bone has been
destroyed, your dentist may recommend periodontal
To help protect against periodontal disease,
it is key to prevent the buildup of plaque.
Remember to have regular professional cleanings
in addition to brushing and flossing every