Periodontal Disease: What is it?

By July 24, 2017Dental, Dental Pain

The disease that destroys the smile.

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures supporting the teeth. Although it commonly occurs more in adults, it can happen to children and teenagers too. A few of the symptoms include…

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
  • Teeth looking longer in length because gums have receded
  • Gums pulling away and creating pockets
  • Pus found in between teeth and gums
  • Constant bad breath

This is caused by a number of factors including not brushing twice a day, not flossing every day, not seeing the dentist regularly, and many others.

Periodontal disease occurs in three stages: Gingivitis, Periodontitis, and Advanced Periodontitis. If periodontal disease is not treated early, then it will continue on through its stages until it gets to a point where teeth just start falling out.

Stage I: Gingivitis

  • Gingivitis is caused by plaque buildup at the gumline and toxins that irritate the gum tissue.

Stage II: Periodontitis

  • Periodontitis is the stage where the supporting bone and fibers holding your teeth in place are irreversibly damaged.

Stage III: Advanced Periodontitis

  • Advanced Periodontitis is where the supporting bone and fibers holding the teeth are destroyed, which can cause teeth to shift or loosen. Teeth may need to be removed if aggressive treatment cannot save them.

If you or someone you know has any of the symptoms listed above, they may be in danger of having this inflammatory disease. Make sure to contact Dental Innovations today before it grows worse.