Periodontal Disease and the Importance of Gum Health

Periodontal Disease and the Importance of Gum Health

What is Periodontal Disease?

In short, periodontal disease is the separation of your teeth from your gums. While this may not sound serious, the space can make a home for bacteria and infections that would have otherwise resided in your mouth. Regular check-ins with your dentist are important to treat and take action before the problems associated with gum disease become too much.

Gingivitis

The earliest form of gum disease, or periodontal as we know it now, is called gingivitis. Some indications that you have gingivitis include:

  • Inflamed and red gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Bleeding gums during or after brushing

Thankfully, gingivitis is treatable and sometimes even reversible if look at by your dentist.

Periodontitis

The advanced stage of gum disease is evident when your teeth begin to become loose. Deeper and more frequent cleanings are needed in order to keep plaque and tartar from building up in the empty spaces of your mouth.

You may need additional antibiotic treatments or possibly even surgery to maintain your oral health from decreasing to an alarming level. The dangers associated with gum disease cannot and should not be underplayed, making the maintenance and importance of your dental care at an all-time high.

The Oral Systemic Link

Time and time again, studies reveal that bacteria is the main cause of periodontal disease, and that same bacteria can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Take care of your teeth to be the healthiest you possible!

If you still have questions regarding periodontal disease and would look to speak to highly-trained dentists on the matter, give our Toronto, ON, office a call, and all of us at Thornecliff Dental Centre would be more than happy to help you!