Periodontal Disease: The Silent Killer

Periodontal disease is one of the most common oral health issues that we treat here at Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA. It can happen to anyone, and the one thing that most commonly leads to the “silent killer” is not flossing your teeth.

What is Periodontal Disease? flossingbugs

Periodontal disease is a blanket term that refers to any infection of the gums and bone that surround the tooth. It can be called gingivitis, or periodontitis depending on how far along the infection has gotten. Gum infections occur because bacteria in the mouth infect the surrounding gums and tissue of the tooth, causing inflammation which is periodontal disease. When left alone long enough, bacteria will build up and turn into tartar, which can spread below the gum line leading to even more inflammation and infection.

Why is Periodontal Disease Called the “Silent Killer”?

If you have periodontal disease you are at a much greater risk for a wide number of diseases and health problems that you would if you had a healthy mouth and teeth. The gum disease can lead to diabetes, heart disease, there have even been some studies that show that women with gum disease are more likely to deliver low weight, preterm babies.

How is Periodontal Disease Treated?

Once your dentist diagnoses you with periodontal disease, there is a wide range of options to take. First, your dentist will do a deep cleaning – also called scaling and root planning. If your disease has progressed further than a normal deep clean can treat, your dentist may prescribe antibiotic gels or oral antibiotics to quickly treat the problem, and restore your oral health to normal.

Have you been having chronic bad breath? Do you often forget to floss (or don’t floss at all?) Are your gums red, swollen or bleeding? If you have one or more than these symptoms, you could have gum disease. Make sure that you schedule an appointment with Jordan Dentistry, your family dentist in Cumming, GA, to get your teeth cleaned and make sure that your potential for gum disease gets treated right away.

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