What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection caused by bacteria in the mouth. Every day, bacteria build up on the teeth and gums in a sticky biofilm called plaque. Failure to regularly remove this biofilm allows these bacteria to infect and inflame the gums, causing periodontal disease.
How Can It Affect Me?
Periodontal disease is very destructive and is the most common cause of tooth loss in the world. It can destroy gum tissues, as well as the ligaments and bone surrounding your teeth. If this isn’t bad enough, periodontal disease can have a negative effect on your general health. An increasing number of clinical studies have linked periodontal disease with certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke and heart disease and with diabetes. Pregnant women with periodontal disease are more at risk of having a premature birth.
Luckily, you don’t have to develop periodontal disease and proper preventive dental care will allow you to enjoy all the benefits of healthy gums. All you need do is visit us for regular checkups and hygiene appointments and make sure you follow a meticulous oral home care routine. Ask us if you would like advice and practical help on how to look after your gums.