Periodontal disease is a condition that occurs when bacteria in your mouth cause a gum infection. More commonly known as gum disease, it is a widespread problem that puts the health and stability of your teeth at risk.
There are many risk factors, but the most common cause of periodontal disease is inadequate oral hygiene. Plaque is a sticky, bacteria-filled biofilm made up of saliva and food debris that adheres to your teeth. The goal of brushing twice a day and flossing is to remove as much plaque as possible.
However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria start collecting along the gum line and cause puffy or swollen gums or bleeding when you brush. This stage is called gingivitis and is reversible with a thorough professional teeth cleaning and improved oral hygiene on your part.
One of the dangers of periodontal disease is that it is often asymptomatic until significant damage occurs. As it advances, gum disease threatens not just your gums but the bone and structures that support your teeth. Ultimately, advanced gum disease or periodontitis can lead to loosening of teeth and tooth loss.
Gum disease treatment in Carrollwood is most effective in its early stages. This is one reason we stress the importance of routine teeth cleanings; you may not know it’s present, but your hygienist will. Taking prompt steps to treat periodontal disease can save your smile by preventing long-term damage to your teeth and gums.
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As your dentist in Tampa, FL, there’s nothing more important to us than your health and well-being. If you are due for a six-month teeth cleaning and exam, please call Carrollwood Village Dental to schedule an appointment.