The Cause And Prevention Of Periodontal Disease

Many people assume that when their gums bleed while they are brushing their teeth that it is the result of over aggressive brushing, in many cases it is the early signs of gum disease. Gum disease affects a huge number of American adults; it is the single biggest reason for tooth loss.

Swollen and bleeding gums are an early indication that your gums are infected. If you do nothing the problem will only get worse, the infection can reach the point where it affects your jaw bone, loosening your teeth. Long before the situation reaches this you must seek periodontal treatment in Glenview.

  • What are gum diseases?

A gum disease is an infection of the gums and other structures that hold and position the teeth. The first sign of gum disease is gingivitis. Fortunately this disease only affects the gums and can be treated quite easily; if it goes beyond this the disease can affect the supporting tissue.

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that form in even the healthiest of mouths. Bacteria quickly results in the buildup of plaque, the sticky substance found on the surface of the teeth. Plaque, if not removed, can result in tartar which is a hard substance that is extremely difficult to remove and is damaging to the teeth, gums and supporting tissue.

  • Other problems:

Although research is ongoing there is ample evidence to suggest that gum disease is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and respiratory infections. Periodontal treatment in Glenview is extremely important as it not only affects the health of teeth and gums, it may have a detrimental affect elsewhere in the body.

Periodontal disease can be prevented; it requires practicing good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing along with regular visits to your dentist are extremely important. In the event your dentist sees evidence of periodontal disease, early intervention is the key to successful treatment.

Gum disease can be quite serious, without proper periodontal treatment in Glenview you may lose your teeth or suffer from other medical conditions. If gum disease is an issue you are invited to make an early appointment with Dental Specialists of North Shore.

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