What Is Periodontal or Gum Disease?
A good oral care routine at home, including regular brushing and flossing, is essential for maintaining the health of your mouth. Along with care at home, it is also important to have your mouth professionally cleaned and examined to prevent issues, as well as spot, and treat, issues in their earliest stages. If you regularly skip any part of your oral care routine, your risk of developing periodontal, or gum, disease increases greatly. At Oregon Periodontics, P.C., we can help to treat periodontal disease and restore the health of your mouth.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a serious, progressive, issue that affects the health of your gums, teeth, and their supporting structures. It is caused when plaque and oral bacteria are left to irritate the gum tissue. When the tissue is irritated, the immune system sends an inflammatory response. As a result, the gums swell. This is the earliest, and most easily treatable, stage. It is also the most commonly ignored or unnoticed. As the disease progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria fall into the pockets and begin to attack periodontal ligaments and your jawbone, both of which begin to weaken. Eventually, you could be faced with loose, or even missing, teeth.
Causes of Periodontal Disease
There are several different causes of periodontal disease, including:
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
During your regular dental visits, your teeth and gums are inspected for signs of issues. However, gum disease can strike at any time, so knowing the symptoms can help you to take action quickly:
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
There are several different types of treatment for periodontal disease. The exact treatment that you receive depends heavily on the severity of your situation. Treatments include:
If you suspect that you have periodontal disease, it is important to seek treatment right away. Call Oregon Periodontics, P.C. today at (503) 575-7750 to schedule your consultation.
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Portland, OR 97225
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