Facts about periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is painless. About 75% of the population experiences periodontal problems in various stages. The victims are often unaware.
Tooth brushing cleans the smooth surfaces of the teeth and is an excellent way to prevent 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 reversible.
Periodontitis (Periodontal disease) is a gum and bone disease. The infection has spread from the gum to the bone and the damage (bone loss) is permanent. If diagnosed early, it can be controlled.
Periodontal disease is a serious infection and causing it bacteria can be spread to the other members of the family. Evidence links gum and bone disease to a variety of health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, pancreatitis, kidney disease, impotence, delay in conceiving a baby, and premature and low birth weight baby. Early detection is the key to successful treatment. Your dental professional (Dental Hygienist/Dentist) will routinely perform screening exam (gum check up). If you have a periodontal disease your treatment will be personalized for you and your level of illness. A routine cleaning every 6 months is not enough by itself to treat Periodontitis.