Periodontal disease is a disease that effects the gums of your teeth. It can cause swollen gums, receding gums, tenderness, bleeding, bad breath, and tooth loss. If it is left untreated for a long period of time, periodontal disease is associated with much more serious conditions such as heart attack, stroke, and lung disease.
- Periodontal Disease is usually caused by lack of oral hygiene. Plaque builds up on the teeth and irritates the gums, eventually causing tooth decay.
- If you leave plaque to build up for too long it infects the underlying tissue and bone.
- The following things can cause increased risk of developing Periodontal Disease: poor oral health, tobacco, old age, diabetes, poor immune health, viral and fungal infections, medications, poor nutrition and drug use.
- Teeth cleaning will be done to remove all plaque.
- The dentist may also fix poor fitting crowns or other dental work to keep the issue from arising again.
- Teeth straightening may be recommended to allow for more proper cleaning of teeth.
- Less pain and discomfort
- Improved smile
- Fresher breath
- Decreased risk of serious conditions such as heart attack or stroke