What is it?
Periodontal / Gum Disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place.
It’s typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque to build up on the teeth and harden.
Which are the signs / symptoms of Periodontal / Gum Disease?
Red or swollen gums
Difference between Gingivitis and Periodontitis:
Is the redness, swelling and inflammation that appears when plaque is not properly removed from around the tooth, as a consecuence, the gums appear puffy and bleed when brushed or flossed.
Effective brushing and cleaning, will remove the plaque, and with this, the swelling and redness.
It’s important to say that does not cause the loss of gum support or bone.
Periodontitis is a much more aggressive reaction than gingivitis, and causes the breakdown and loss of surrounding bone and gum.
If the inflammation progresses and tissue destruction proceeds without treatment, the tooth may become loose and eventually be lost.
Who is susceptible to suffer this Periodontal / Gum Disease?
Periodontitis can be inherited and the condition can run in families.
This destructive reaction to plaque is influenced by the body’s immune response, which fights the bacteria.
Is far more common and more destructive in smokers. Also, diabetes will exaggerate the destructive response to plaque. Other conditions include:
Is there any good news?
Yes! Periodontal Disease can be cure, by removing the bacteria deposits and maintaining the gums clean.
This will eliminate the gum reaction and as a result, the destructive inflammation controlled.
Once the tooth surface is clean and free of plaque, the gums will be healthy and non-swollen again
We will tailor the specific treatment for your case.
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