What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease isn’t something to laugh about and if not taken care of can lead to tooth loss and other health issues. If you’ve noticed bleeding gums, swollen gums, bad breath, tooth mobility or receding gum lines, then you might have periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease usually starts with the gums, but if it goes unchecked it can involve the roots and even the jaw bones. The tooth becomes loose and eventually can lead to decay and extraction. It’s the bacteria in dental plaque that causes periodontal disease. Many times the plaque not only resides on the surface of your teeth but can also be deposited beneath the gums. Periodontal disease has been linked to other health problems as well including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and respiratory disease.
A standard teeth cleaning may sound like a mundane thing, but it serves an important purpose. In addition to cleaning your teeth and giving your mouth that fresh feeling, it allows the dentist to see your teeth. There are many periodontal problems that people either don’t know about or ignore until it becomes an emergency. These problems only hasten with age. If a dentist can see your teeth and gums, then he can see all the problems as they form and have them corrected.