The term periodontal means 'around the tooth.' Therefore, periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Gum, or periodontal, disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss, and bone damage. The infection starts when the gums become inflamed due to bacteria in plaque; a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth daily. While this is often the main cause of periodontal disease, other factors can also be attributed, including:
Smoking or tobacco use
There are many forms of periodontal disease with gingivitis being perhaps the mildest form. With gingivitis, although the gums become red, swollen and bleed easily, there is very little to no discomfort. Through a good oral hygiene regimen and treatment from your dentist, the results of gingivitis can be reversed.
Periodontitis is another form of periodontal disease and can be aggressive or chronic. Aggressive periodontitis displays rapid bone destruction and attachment loss in clinically healthy patients. Chronic periodontitis is one of the most common forms of periodontal disease and is frequently seen in adults. The stages progress slowly and can be recognized by gum recession and pocket formation.
Treatment and Prevention of Periodontal Disease
In certain cases, periodontal surgery may be recommended to treat periodontal disease when nonsurgical treatment is ineffective. Dr. Guillot may advise procedures such as pocket reduction, soft tissue grafts or bone regeneration to treat periodontal disease. If a tooth has been lost due to periodontal disease, dental implants are always an option for permanent tooth replacement.
Good oral hygiene and regular visits with your dentist and periodontist can prevent periodontal disease. Daily brushing and flossing can keep plaque to a minimum and, in conjunction with professional cleanings 2-4 times a year, can keep your teeth healthy for life.
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