FAQS: What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is unfortunately a very common and usually non-painful infection of the gum and bone tissue surrounding teeth.  This typically non-painful infectious process is actually the #1 reason why American adults lose their teeth.  The early form of this disease is "gingivitis".   Bleeding gums when brushing and/or flossing is one sign this disease process is likely starting to develop.

There are many factors that contribute to the development of this infection; however, the primary cause of this infection is lack of routine professional care.  Once you develop periodontal disease, it can be difficult to manage.  Damage done by this disease process - mostly bone loss around the teeth - in general cannot be repaired.  Therefore it is very important to catch this disease process early and treat it accordingly.

More and more scientific studies are showing a direct relationship between one's oral health and general health.  A patient having periodontal disease can be placing their cardiovascular health at risk.  It also makes it difficult to manage one's diabetic condition and vice versa.

Prevention of this infection requires diligent home care including brushing one's teeth properly for two minutes at least twice each day and flossing at least once each day.  In addition, seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and periodontal evaluations is a must.  It is recommended the average child and adult see their dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning.  Prevention IS the best medicine