Periodontal (GUM) Disease
Could you be one of the 9 out of every 10 people world-wide who suffer from periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is an infection affecting the gums and jaw bone. It is primarily caused by the bacteria in plaque.
Periodontal disease is usually painless. It is important to know the signs of its progressive stages. When Healthy, gums are pink, do not bleed and are firmly supported by teeth and bone. The earliest stage of gum disease is Gingivitis. Gums may be red, tender and swollen and may bleed when brushed, flossed or examined. The next stage, Moderate Periodontitis, occurs when gums begin to separate from the teeth. Gums may develop abscesses and tooth roots are exposed to plaque. Bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth are common. With Advanced Periodontitis, the bone supporting teeth is destroyed. Teeth will become loose and eventually need replacement. Prevention is the best method of treatment, and fortunately, periodontal disease can be treated at all stages.