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Periodontitis, also know as gum disease or periodontal disease, is a serious gum infection that destroys the tissue that surrounds your teeth. Gum disease can result in tooth loss, and other serious physical health problems. Think of your mouth as the gateway to your body from where bacteria can enter and spread and increase chances of lung infection, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer's.
Bad taste in mouth
Loose or shifting teeth
Red, swollen and sensitive gums
If you are experiencing issues with your gums, see your dentist immediately. Periodontitis is reversible, and getting timely treatment can prevent other health issues.
Periodontal disease is commonly the fault of poor oral hygiene. There are, however, several other causes:
Family history of dental disease
Periodontitis treatment aims to reattach healthy gums to the teeth. Non-surgical treatment uses professional dental cleaning, or scaling and planing, to remove plaque and tartar and smooth rough spots on the teeth. Surgical treatments are used when there is great damage to the tissue. The most suitable treatment depends on your individual case.
In the majority of cases, periodontitis is reversed through proper plaque control. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily and visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleanings improves oral hygiene and helps control or avoid gum disease. At Wimpole Dental Office, we provide quality preventative and hygiene therapy so that you can enjoy the best dental health possible.