Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease is a major concern for many people, as it can be contracted easily, and the process for treating it can be rather invasive. As a result, the best way to prevent periodontal disease is to educate patients about it and to receive regular dental exams to check for early signs.

Periodontal disease is quite common, as it is caused by the bacteria that are found naturally in your mouth when they combine with food. Bacteria that finds its way deep in between your teeth, or cavities that are left untreated can all lead to periodontal disease. Luckily, by catching periodontal disease early (either by recognizing the signs yourself or if a dentist catches it during a regular visit) it is very treatable. Periodontal disease is the main reason that we here at CCIND suggest that you visit the dentist for an exam three or four times a year, rather than just the typical two.

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Gingivitis is a common condition that is often confused with periodontal disease, though there is a distinction. Gingivitis only refers to inflammation of the gums, which can often indicate periodontal disease or an issue that may lead to periodontal disease, however the inflammation itself is not periodontal disease. There are many cases of gingivitis that never turn into periodontal disease. However, if a patient experiences signs or symptoms of gingivitis, it is imperative to check for periodontal disease, so that it may be caught early if it is indeed developing.

Gingivitis is characterized by red, swollen, bleeding gums, so any of these symptoms should be taken very seriously. At this stage, gingivitis can be treated without gum surgery or other invasive procedures, but it can spread if not taken care of properly. If the gums begin to recede from the teeth, a condition known as periodontitis, periodontal disease may be right around the corner, and action must be taken immediately to save the gums and the teeth. If the gums recede and become infected so badly that the teeth become loose and fall out, the damage to the teeth cannot be repaired, and the gap can only be filled with an artificial replacement, such as an implant, bridge, or crown, but the natural tooth has been lost.

Gingivitis and periodontal disease can be cause from improper dental hygiene at home, hormonal changes, lack of visiting the dentist, certain medications, smoking, or family history of gum disease. People who may be at risk for periodontal disease should make sure to visit a doctor frequently for screenings.

The staff here at CCIND will be happy to discuss periodontal disease and gingivitis with you. Please call for a consultation today.

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