What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a disease that affects the structures around your teeth, helping to support them. These include your gum tissues, the ligaments holding teeth in the sockets, and the bone around your teeth. Periodontics is where specialist dentists known as periodontists treat and prevent gum disease. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth. Our periodontists at dentistry
in Astoria, NY can provide effective treatment for advanced periodontal disease, but the best approach is preventative treatment.
What Causes Gum Disease?
The main cause of gum disease is dental plaque, a sticky biofilm that is teeming with bacteria and which builds up over tooth surfaces during the day. Usually, a good daily oral hygiene routine disrupts the growth of dental plaque, regularly removing it. It’s by far the best approach toward preventing this disease. Often, the degree of severity of gum disease is due to the amount of dental plaque present. Other factors include diet and general nutrition, and a person’s bite or occlusion can make a difference. People with significantly crooked teeth tend to be more at risk of developing periodontal disease because their teeth are harder to keep clean. Smokers with periodontal disease will often lose bone around their teeth more quickly compared with non-smokers.
What Are the Signs of Periodontal Disease?
Because periodontal disease is a bacterial infection, it promotes an inflammatory response. Usually, inflammation affecting the gums is one of the first signs as the immune system tries to fight the infection and to prevent it from worsening. The most common signs of gum disease are:
- Bleeding gums
- Nasty taste that you can’t get rid of
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Sensitive teeth due to the exposed tooth roots
- Pus between your gums
The earlier periodontal disease is diagnosed, the better the prognosis. Regularly visiting our dentist in Astoria, NY is essential because we can detect these early symptoms during your regular checkups.
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