Periodontal Disease Treatment in Orange Park, FL
Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar) which begins to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.
4 out of 5 people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people
are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.
Periodontal disease is the #1 reason for tooth loss.
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce
your risk of developing periodontal disease.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even with vigorous brushing or dental floss.
Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers
(fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth.
Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.