Hygiene/Periodontal Health

When someone has periodontal disease it means that an excessive amount of plaque and calculus (tartar) have accumulated around the teeth, which causes deterioration to the surrounding area of your teeth. It can be characterized and identified by red, swollen and bleeding gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually begin to destroy the gums and bone.

Because the early stages of periodontal diseases are usually painless, it can be difficult to detect. Some of the signs and symptoms of developing periodontal disease include the following:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Increased spaces between teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus around the gums and teeth
  • Receding gums around a tooth
  • Red and inflamed gums
  • Tenderness and discomfort

Aside from the risk of losing your permanent teeth, there are many health risks that are associated with periodontal disease. Untreated periodontal disease is dangerous. To avoid advancement in periodontal disease, patients should practice good oral hygiene, eat a balanced diet, and attend regularly scheduled dental appointments. If there is any pain or discomfort surrounding your teeth or gums, it is strongly recommended that you visit a dentist immediately.