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Periodontal Treatment in Rowley

What is Periodontal Disease?

woman smiling bright outsidePeriodontal disease (also known as "gum disease" or "Pyorrhea") is an ongoing bacterial infection in the gums and bone that support your teeth. If not treated, this ongoing infection can cause you to lose your teeth. Periodontal infection is responsible for 75% of adult tooth loss.

What is an ongoing infection?

When you were a child did you ever get a bad scrape which got all red and swollen? That was because harmful bacteria got under your skin and caused an infection. It may have lasted for days or even weeks. Finally, your immune system conquered the bad bacteria and the infection went away.

With an ongoing infection, your immune system never wins the battle. If you have periodontal disease, your immune system has lost the battle with periodontal bacteria to a point where you now have deep pockets of infection around your teeth. Why should I get my periodontal infection treated right away?

People with periodontal disease have low resistance to periodontal bacteria. This causes a continuing gum infection which grows in "bursts" of activity. Each time it grows, more support for your teeth is lost. Some factors that can cause a burst of activity are:

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene
  2. Dental Plaque
  3. Smoking
  4. Genetic Factors
  5. Stress or Tension
  6. Diet
  7. Age
  8. Illness

When your infection has a burst of activity or when there are signs that this is about to occur, it may be time to consider something other than the usual cleaning.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Usually periodontal infection is painless until it reaches more advanced stages. However, there are some symptoms which indicate the presence of Periodontal Infection.

These include:

  1. Red or swollen gums
  2. Bleeding when brushing (pink toothbrush) or at other times
  3. Aching, itchy, sore or tender gums
  4. Receding gums (teeth beginning to look longer)
  5. Bad breath
  6. Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  7. Loose, separating, or protruding teeth
  8. Spaces between teeth

If you notice any of the above warning signs of periodontal infection, you should let your hygienist or Dr. St. Clair know and ask for a periodontal evaluation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your gums can look quite normal and yet deep pockets of periodontal infection can be present. To be certain about periodontal disease, ask your dentist or periodontist to examine your gums for signs of infection.