“Periodontal Disease” is a term often used in dentistry, but people seldom understand the nature of the disease, what causes it, what the symptoms are, and how to treat it. At the Slidell Family Dentist office, we often see patients who are not fully aware of the seriousness of periodontal disease, or the impact it can potentially have on their lives. To better understand this issue, let’s look at a simplified definition of “Periodontal Disease”:
Periodontal Disease, or gum disease, results when bacteria in your mouth are allowed to go unchecked, building up around your teeth at the gum line, causing an infection of the gum tissue. Gum disease is primarily caused by the lack of proper dental hygiene, however there can be other contributing factors. Genetic predisposition, poor diet, hormonal changes and tobacco use can also contribute to gum disease.
Periodontal Disease can often go undetected because it can progress without displaying any signs or symptoms, such as pain, that are normally associated with dental problems. The following is a list of the more common symptoms of Periodontal Disease:
- Unexplained bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating
- Pain, redness or swelling of the gums
- Teeth that appear longer-looking as a result of receding gums
- Bad breath resulting from food particles stuck between teeth and under the gum line
- Loose teeth / change in bite pattern due to loss of gum tissue.
If you are presenting any of the symptoms above, please contact your dentist or Periodontal professional immediately. Our Slidell Dentist Office has specialized training and education to treat this problem. Patient comfort is a top priority for our team, and we employ advanced, state of the art, non-invasive laser treatments to eradicate gum disease quickly.
While Periodontal Disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the developed world today, you do not have to become one of the statistics! With the right dental hygiene regimen and regular cleanings and exams, periodontal disease is actually highly preventable and easily treated.