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Periodontal Disease, also called gum disease or Periodontitis is a progressive disease. That means that the disease progresses from mild to severe. If treated promptly in the early stages, it is completely reversible. Once the bacterial infection progresses, it begins to destroy the gums and jawbone leading to tooth loss. The bacteria can travel to other parts of the body via the blood stream causing issues such as Diabetes, heart and respiratory disease.
Periodontal Disease is a serious risk to your overall health.
Our staff is trained to help you identify early signs of Periodontal Disease. Regular dental visits and good oral hygiene at home are important to maintain not only your teeth, but your health!
The development of periodontitis usually begins with plaque. Plaque is the sticky film that forms on your teeth when starches and sugars mix with the bacteria found in your mouth. Brushing and flossing daily helps to remove plaque. Plaque is a constant source of concern. Left untreated it will harden under the gum line into Tartar or calculus. Tartar is filled with bacteria and very difficult to remove. Tartar must be removed by a professional dental cleaning.
Common Causes and Risk Factors: