What is Periodontal Disease? – Southlake, TX
Protect Your Smile from Gum Disease
Did you know there is another threat to your oral health other than tooth decay? Periodontal (gum) disease is equally concerning. Bacteria infects your gingival tissue, destroying the supporting structures of your teeth. Although it is preventable and can be treated quickly during the early stage, it is the leading cause of tooth loss. At the first sign of the infection, it is vital you receive periodontal therapy in Southlake to save your smile. Dr. J. Lee Pettigrew provides the personalized solutions you need to prevent and treat gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease can be prevented with the right oral hygiene habits at home and regular care from your dentist in Southlake. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have it. Periodontal disease results from bacteria found in plaque and tartar buildup near the gum line. It causes pockets to form between the roots of the teeth and the gingival tissue, trapping additional bacteria.
Over time, the infection destroys the supporting structures of your teeth. This can make them become loose and fall out. The infection can also enter your bloodstream through the pressure of regular chewing. As it circulates throughout your body, it increases your risk of several health concerns, such as heart disease, respiratory infections, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetic complications.
What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Gum disease is separated into 3 stages, each of which produces its own symptoms. Spotting the early signs of the infection allows Dr. Pettigrew to provide the quick intervention you need to prevent irreversible damage from occurring.
- Gingivitis: This is the first stage of the infection, which can be treated without causing any long-term complications. Often, the gums appear red and swollen. They may bleed when brushing or flossing. It can be treated with a deep cleaning and changes to your oral hygiene routine.
- Periodontitis: Now, the infection has destroyed some of the supporting structures of your teeth and irreversible damage has occurred. You may notice pus pockets forming between your teeth, which can lead to chronic bad breath. Your teeth may also become sensitive from a receding gum line or loosen.
- Advanced Periodontitis: You will have progressive attachment and bone loss at this point. Your teeth may even fall out. You need an aggressive treatment plan to stop the infection while repairing the damage that has occurred.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have any signs of gum disease, do not wait until it is too late. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for periodontal therapy.