• • • • • • >F ight Tooth and N a i l against with periodontal disease When the doctor told her that she was suffering from Periodontal Disease she was disturbed and fought tooth and nail against it. Fortunately she completely recovered from it and is happily showing off her teeth while giving a big, broad smile. Well that’s the story of a young girl of 27. She was suffering from Periodontal Disease.
What’s that? Periodontists pronounced as – pair-e-o-don-TI-tis literally means ‘around the tooth’, inflammation around the teeth. It is an infection of the gums that affects the bones that support the teeth as well. Periodontal disease may cause tooth loss if untreated. Its total neglect may even cause a heart attack or a stroke or other serious health ailments. Though Periodontal Disease is a common disease, it can be prevented. It is a result of poor oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing, timely check-ups and clean-ups can help in curing or in totally preventing it. If you do not take proper care of your teeth, your teeth will get covered with a sticky, colorless layer. This layer is called ‘plaque’. Plaque is also called ‘bio film’. It consists of millions of bacteria. This can be removed through regular brushing. If you do not take care at this stage then the plaque becomes harder and takes the form of ‘tartar’. This condition requires medical help; a Periodontal T reatment . Ordinary brushing will not help in removing the attar from the teeth. If you still do not take Periodontal Treatment then you will allow the bacteria in the plaque to inflame the gums. This is the mildest form of Periodontal Disease and is known as Gingivitis. The gums get swollen become red in color and can easily bleed. Still it is not too late to seek Periodontal Treatment. If Gingivitis is not treated, it will lead to an advance stage of Periodontists. The gums will start pulling away from the teeth, ‘pockets’ or spaces will be formed, the gum line gets infected, the tissues supporting the teeth get destroyed and may result in a tooth loss. Other two serious forms of Periodontal Disease are Aggressive Periodontists and Chronic Periodontists, both require immediate attention and proper Periodontal Treatment. Every six months a visit to the dentist will preserve the big, beautiful, broad smile of yours.
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