If you have any of these conditions, you may have periodontal disease and should see a dentist:
- gums that bleed when you brush or are extremely tender, red and swollen
- bad breath that does not go away after brushing, flossing or rinsing with mouthwash
- gums that pull away from teeth
- pus coming from gums around teeth
- loose teeth or separating teeth
- change in the fit of your partial denture
Periodontal Disease is a swelling, soreness and infection that affect the tissue and bone that support teeth. This condition is caused by bacteria in plaque that stick to teeth above and below the gum line to release toxins and cause inflamed gums. If the plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing, it can buildup and infect the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Inflamed gums can pull away from teeth to form pockets filled with damaging bacteria. Without the support of the gums or bones around teeth, teeth can become loose or lost. We take periodontal disease very seriously at our office because of the directly link to heart disease and stroke. Patients who smoke or chew tobacco are at high risk for periodontal disease. So are patients with conditions like diabetes, blood cell disorders and HIV/AIDS. The earlier periodontal disease is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.