Gum Disease & Periodontal Treatment Imagine finding out that "Dental Neglect" could lead to a heart attack? Well, it can! And that’s not all it can lead to. There’s mounting evidence that gum disease, and the resulting infection, can cause a whole host of SERIOUS health problems. Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. In fact, after age 35, about three out of four adults are affected by some form of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums. In the early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, the gums can become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.
Because gum disease in Brandon, FL is usually painless, however, you may not know you have it. In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth can become seriously damaged. The teeth can become loose, fall out or have to be removed by a dentist.
Signs and symptoms of gum disease The following chart provides you with healthy gums and the progression of gingivitis, early signs of periodontitis, moderate periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. If you notice any of the following signs of gum disease, see your dentist immediately:
Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth.
Red, swollen, tender gums or gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
Bad breath that doesn't go away.
Pus between your teeth and gums.
A change in the way your teeth fit when you bite.
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