How does Periodontal Disease Start?
Periodontal gum disease starts with prominent amounts of plaque caused by bacteria of the mouth. If left untreated, this plaque will lead to damage of the surrounding tissues of the teeth. The result of untreated periodontal disease is tooth loss.
Periodontal gum disease does not always cause pain for the patient and therefore it can easily go unnoticed. Though plaque is the primary cause of periodontal gum disease, there are many other factors that can contribute to the development of the disease, such as:
|•||Certain illnesses, including HIV, cancer and diabetes|
|•||Hormonal changes, including those that occur during menopause, pregnancy, and puberty|
|•||Medications (usually those that decrease the production of saliva)|
|•||Smoking or chewing tobacco|
|•||Family history of gum disease|
Warning Signs of Periodontal Gum Disease
Since periodontal gum disease is not usually painful, it may be difficult to detect if you have the condition. Here are some warning signs that should you exhibit, it is recommended that you call Caldera Dental Group right away for an examination!
|•||Persistent bad breath|
|•||Gums that bleed with the slightest irritation|
|•||Tender, swollen or red gums|
|•||Gums that appear as if they have pulled away from the teeth|
|•||Changes in your bite or in the way that your teeth fit together|
|•||Permanent teeth that appear to be loosening or separating|
|•||If you have dentures a change in the way that your dentures fit|
The early stage of periodontal gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. At this early stage gum disease can still be halted and the effects reversed, with specific periodontal treatment plans. Daily brushing and flossing to further help to reverse the effects and prevent further damage from the disease. Gingivitis is known for causing red, swollen gums that bleed very easily.
If you notice your gums appear abnormally red or that they bleed very easily, call us today at (541) 604-2900 to schedule an exam with Dr. Primley!
Periodontitis is the latter stage of gum disease that, if not treated, will result in gum tissue, tooth and bone damage. If left to progress the disease will cause the loosening and shifting of teeth in the mouth - eventually leading to loss. Most cases of periodontist are slow to advance, however some patients do experience rapid progression.
Periodontitis that progresses rapidly is an aggressive and highly destructive form of the disease that can in some cases affect only a portion or the mouth and in others the whole mouth.
Periodontal Gum Disease Treatment
The main goal of treatment for periodontal gum disease is to promote the reattachment of gum tissue to the tooth. In addition to reducing inflammation, pocket size and ultimately decreasing the risk of infection periodontal treatment methods are aimed at stopping the progression of the disease. The type of treatment available will depend on each individual patient's history and stage of the disease; but can range from nonsurgical therapies to surgical procedures to repair bone and tissue.
Regular dental checkups, practicing proper oral hygiene and routine periodontal examinations all will help protect your teeth from the harmful destruction of periodontal gum disease. Call us today at (541) 604-2900 to schedule your periodontal exam!