Periodontal Gum Disease

Periodontal gum disease is an infection of the gums that is very dangerous.  It begins as plaque that eventually hardens and turns in to tartar.  As tartar builds up, it can be a refuge for bacteria that will bombard the soft tissue around the gums.  These are the beginnings of the gum disease Gingivitis.  Should gingivitis be left untreated, it can then turn in to Periodontitis.  Periodontitis will attack the tissue that is around your teeth, as well as the bones that hold your teeth in place.  Aside from bad breath or bleeding gums, there aren’t many warning signs.  The disease moves undetected, many times with no pain, until suddenly you begin to lost your teeth with little to no explanation.

The loss of teeth is often the only indication that you could be suffering from periodontitis.  Research has shown that there is a link between gum disease and diabetes, strokes and heart disease.  Pregnant women are even at an increased risk.  Gum disease is something that can compromise your entire immune system.

Many people avoid dental visits in fear of painful procedures and people who have gum disease don’t get the proper care they need.  Make those thoughts a thing of the past.

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