Periodontal Disease Treatment and Prevention in Arlington Heights, IL
Gum disease is surprisingly common. 80% of adults suffer some form of periodontal disease and few know that they have it.
Peridontal disease compromises the soft tissue that surrounds the teeth. The bacetria in dental plaque builds on the surface of the teeth and can lead to chronic infection if untreated. Gums and bone that support the teeth are attacked by this buildup of tartar and can cause severe deterioration if regular dental cleaning is not prioritized. Gingivitis is the most mild form of gum disease and can be characterized by red, puffy, swollen or bleeding gums. This is the only stage of peridontal disease that can be reversed with better attention and care. When the disease progresses to peridontis, the condition weakens the connective tissue and bone supporting the teeth. This may lead to tooth loss. In fact, its the most common cause of tooth loss in American adults.
This disease is preventable with proper daily oral hygeine and regular dental exams. Professional cleaning is recommended every six months.
Signs and symptoms of peridontal disease:
- Bad breath
- Swollen or tender gum tissue
- Receding gumlines
- Loose teeth
- New spacing or flaring of the teeth
Peridontal disease can lead to serious conditions like diabetes, bacterial pneumonia and cardiovascular disease and is linked to stroke and heartattack. Smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease and exacerbates symptoms in patients who have it. Patients suffering from gum disease can benefit from periodontal therapy. The type of treatment each patient needs is dependent on the severity of their condition and requires follow up care for life. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please make an appointment with us as soon as possible.
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