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Periodontal disease is painless.
It affects 75% of the population, and often victims are unaware.
Tooth brushing cleans the smooth surfaces of the teeth and is excellent way to prevent the cavities. Gum disease starts between the teeth where regular toothbrushes do not reach. Most people don’t or can’t floss properly.
Gingivitis is a bacterial infection of the gums that is 100% reversible.
Periodontitis (Periodontal Disease) is a gum and bone disease. The infection spreads from the gum to the bone and the damage is permanent. The end effect of the disease is loss of teeth and supporting bone structure but if diagnosed early, it can be controlled.
Periodontal disease can be spread to other members of the family.
Evidence links gum and bone disease to a variety of health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other degenerative diseases.
Pregnant women are at risk for having premature and low birth weight babies when they have gum/bone problems. Early detection is the key to successful treatment. Your dental professional (dental hygienist/dentist) will routinely perform screening exams (gum check up). If you have a Periodontal Disease your treatment will be personalized for you and your level of the problem.
A routine cleaning alone is not enough to treat Periodontal Disease.
Gums bleed when you brush your teeth?
Gums are red swollen and tender?
Gums have pulled away from the teeth?
Pus between teeth and gums when gums are pressed?
Permanent teeth are loose or separating?
Change in the way your teeth fit when biting?
Any change in fit of partial dentures?
Persistent bad breath?
IF ONE OR MORE OF THESE SIGNS APPLY TO YOU, BRING IT TO ATTENTION OF YOUR DENTAL PROFESSIONAL