Dr. Sean Meitner & Dr. Gabriela Ciornei, DDS

Periodontics & Dental Implants

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Periodontal Disease

You are likely to have periodontal disease during your lifetime. It can develop at any age. In fact, periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent diseases of man. The majority of people do not even realize they have it because periodontal disease develops silently and painlessly. Knowing the state of your periodontal health is important. So, if you don't know, ask your dental professional.

What is periodontal disease?
The word periodontal literally means around the tooth. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque causes the gums to become inflamed. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Gums separate from the teeth, forming spaces between the teeth and gums that become infected, and gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Eventually, teeth can become loose and may have to be removed.

What causes periodontal disease?
Plaque is the culprit, which means that without proper at-home oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your risk clearly increases. However, even perfect oral hygiene isn't enough to ward off periodontal disease in everyone. Other risk factors that are thought to increase the risk, severity and speed of development of periodontal disease include tobacco use, general health conditions, medications, stress, genetics, hormonal changes and poor nutrition.

A periodontal evaluation may be especially important if you notice any symptoms of periodontal disease, including:

  • Gums that bleed easily, such as during brushing or flossing
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

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