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Periodontal Health

Periodontal Disease Process 

The dreadful story of periodontal disease. A little bit of plaque can lead to a little bit of gum disease. A little bit of gum disease usually leads to a little bit more. This is how gum disease progresses to losing teeth. In some individuals this process can take months if really aggressive. In most adults it takes years to occur. The problem with this is that typically when loss of bone occurs around a tooth, it is permanent and non-repairable. So the best way to stop this process is to never let it begin in the first place. The other problem with gum disease is that you are usually symptom free until it reaches a severe state and then the damage has been done. We can help you avoid this process or stop it where it stands. Give our office a call.

Periodontal Disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. It is also the most common infectious disease in the world. Research has shown that 35% of adults with teeth between ages 35 to 90 have Periodontitis, 22% have a mild form and 13% have moderate to severe disease.

The risk of Periodontal Disease increases with age. Although many teenagers and children show symptoms of Gingivitis, they are more resistant to developing Periodontal Disease. Some children and teens may develop aggressive forms of Periodontal Disease where bone and tooth loss can occur very rapidly.

Recent studies also indicate Periodontal Disease may be a far more serious threat to your health than previously realized. Periodontal Disease increases your risk of Stroke, Heart Attack, Respiratory Disease and Cardiovascular Disease. Untreated Periodontal Disease also worsens Diabetes, Osteoporosis, respiratory infections and causes the birth of premature, low birth weight babies in pregnant women with the disease.More Adults lose their teeth to Gum Disease than any other dental condition.  Ironically,  Certain species of bacteria must be present for Periodontal Disease to develop. A healthy mouth is home to more than 650 species of bacteria. It is less than 5% of these bacteria that cause Periodontal Disease. Normally, the body keeps the harmful bacteria under control, however, in patients more susceptible to Periodontal Disease or those not practicing good dental hygiene, the bad bacteria can literally “take over”.

Harmful bacteria can invade the crevices between the teeth and gums, causing tartar to build up. Tartar is actually hardened bacteria that accumulates along the teeth and under the gums.

Individual patients may also have a higher risk of developing Periodontal Disease. Other factors contributing to the condition include:

  • Age
  • Inadequate dental care
  • Poor nutrition
  • Genetic factors
  • Cigarette and cigar smoking, snuff dipping, chewing tobacco
  • Certain Medical conditions such as Diabetes
  • Medications
  • Stress
  • Grinding / clenching teeth
  • Obesity
  • Lack of regular dental care

Periodontal Disease has often been labeled the “silent disease” due to the fact that most people are unaware they have it. Many patients only become aware of their symptoms when the disease reaches advanced stages. By recognizing the early signs of gum disease, you can avoid further deterioration of the gums and bone and prevent tooth loss.

Answer the questions below to get a better understanding of your gum health:

  • Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth?
  • Are your gums red, swollen or tender?
  • Do you have sores in your mouth?
  • Are your gums receding? Have they pulled away from your teeth?
  • Do your teeth appear longer than they have in the past?
  • Are there spaces developing between your teeth?
  • Do you suffer from bad breath?
  • Do you have a constant bad taste in your mouth?
  • Are your teeth more sensitive than usual?
  • Are any of your teeth loose?
  • Is there any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we recommend that you visit us as soon as possible for a thorough Periodontal examination.  Dr. Bechtel and his staff work in conjunction with the best Periodontists in the region in order to treat and manage your Periodontal Disease.

Take action now – protect your gums and visit your Dentist on a routine basis. Schedule your periodontal consultation today, your body will thank you for it.