Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection of the gum and bone that hold teeth in place. Affecting over 30% of the population, periodontal disease is the most common dental affliction among adults.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Plaque the sticky, colorless film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth and surfaces of the mouth.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
In its early stages, periodontal disease is painless and displays few symptoms. In fact, many patients are surprised when they receive this diagnosis.
How Is Periodontal Disease Diagnosed?
During regular dental visits, Dr. Flower and the team at Flower Dental can detect periodontal disease in its early stages before there is significant permanent damage to the gums and jaw bone that support your teeth.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Like chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, periodontal disease is not curable. However, it can be kept under control by a combination of regular professional treatment and diligent home care.
Relationship between Periodontal Disease and Other Health Conditions
If you have gums that are infected and bleeding, they provide a direct, easy route for toxic oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream.
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