Periodontal disease is an infection or problem concerning the bone and gums around the teeth. There are a number of diseases that can affect your bone and gums, including plaque. Plaque is food debris that is caused by ineffective or inconsistent dental hygiene. If plaque is not removed promptly, they can become calculus or tartar. Calculus begins to erode the gum and bone tissue, causing swollen or bleeding gums.
This is one of the most prominent causes of tooth loss and studies have demonstrated a relationship between periodontal disease and other medical problems such as cardiovascular disease, pneumonia, and diabetes.
Periodontal disease can cause symptoms such as bleeding gums, loose teeth, excessive spaces, bad breath, pus, receding gums, and discomfort. Your gums should not exhibit bleeding even if you brush or floss your teeth aggressively. Loose teeth can be caused by bone loss or weakening of the fibers that anchor the tooth to the bone. Bone loss can also cause excessive spaces between teeth.
You can prevent the risk or periodontal disease by adopting a consistent oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular visits to the dentist. Maintaining constant attention to your teeth is one of the most helpful measures in minimizing risks.
If you are concerned about potential periodontal disease affecting your teeth, call our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation. Dr. Bob Bowling is among the premier providers of periodontal treatments in the Gridley, Oroville, and Yuba City area.