Novato Cosmetic Dentist Discusses Periodontal Disease

Written by Dr. McConnell on Mar 1, 2012

Did you know, knowledge about your dental health is a key link in knowing your overall heath? It is estimated that over 90% of all adults have some form of periodontal disease, and only a trained dental professional can determine the extent of the disease in your mouth.

Periodontal Disease, otherwise known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection to the gums and bone around your teeth. This disease destroys the tissue and bone surrounding and supporting your teeth. Periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adults, and is almost as widespread as the common cold.

Numerous independent research studies indicate periodontal disease has links to:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Strokes
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Pre-term low birth-weight babies
  • Overall health issues

Periodontal disease begins when a sticky film of bacteria, known as plaque, builds up under your gums. If not removed, plaque will harden and become tartar, which can only be removed with a professional dental cleaning. If this is not treated, the plaque will irritate the gumline, resulting in Gingivitis. There is usually little to no discomfort at this stage. The only indication of the disease will be redness of the gums, swelling, and bleeding.

Some people, due to lifestyles, habits, or other factors may be more susceptible to periodontal disease. You may be at risk if you:

  • Are under chronic stress
  • Clench or grind your teeth
  • Have diabetes, auto-immune diseases, systemic diseases, or heart disease
  • Wear braces
  • Have a receding gum line
  • Smoke or chew tobacco
  • And many more!

If you have any of these risk factors, or any of the early warning signs of periodontal disease, make an appointment for a dental check up immediately! If diagnosed early enough, nonsurgical treatments can be used to stop the diseases progression.

For tips to keep your teeth and gums their healthiest, contact your Novato Cosmetic Dentist today!