Gum Disease or Periodontal Disease, is a chronic infection of the gums. It is caused by bacterial plaque that accumulate on teeth and destroy the gums. Plaque can build up on teeth if improper brushing and flossing habits have occurred, though some people are more prone to plaque buildup than others. Various medications and health conditions also contribute to the development of gum disease.
Also called gum disease, periodontal disease is evident when pockets form at the gum line. These pockets occur when bacteria eat away at the bond between teeth and gums. Then, in the pockets, bacteria breed and thrive, ultimately creating bigger and deeper pockets. Overtime, gum disease can destroy the bone that holds a tooth in place. When gum and bone degenerate, a tooth can loosen or fall out. Eighty percent of Americans have some sort of periodontal disease.
Signs indicating periodontal disease are:
- · Bleeding with brushing or flossing
- · Red, swollen, or tender gums
- · Persistent bad breath
- · Gums receding from teeth
Gum disease not only affects your oral health, but also your overall health
The disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke. The Lake Forest Dental Arts team believes in supporting optimal oral health and overall health through preventative care and state of art treatment. At your six-month checkups and cleanings, we’ll look for signs of periodontal disease and help you take measures to prevent or reverse the condition. Should you already have gum disease, we’ll recommend appropriate treatment, which may involve scaling, root planing, and antibiotic therapy, followed by close monitoring and diligent daily homecare.
If you experience any of these symptoms of periodontal disease, contact our Chicago area dentist office at 847.234.0517 to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Fondriest. He is renowned for creating healthy mouths and placing natural looking dentistry. Help us help you enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for life.