Periodontal diseases, gingivitis, and periodontitis or purrhea are serious infections that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss or even infections in various parts of the body. The word periodontal literally means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and the bone that supports the teeth.
In the milder form of the disease, gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, there is little or no discomfort. Gingivitis is caused by inadequate oral hygiene, and is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home hygiene. However, over time the plaque may spread and grow under the gums, which separate from the teeth, forming periodontal pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that become infected. As the disease (periodontitis) progresses, the pouches become deeper and deeper, and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. This destructive process presents fairly mild symptoms. Eventually, the teeth may be motile, and have to be extracted.
Causes of Periodontal Disease:
The main cause of periodontal disease is plaque, but there are other factors that can intensify the severity of the disease like: Smoking, Diabetes, Bad Food, Pregnancy, Stress, Genetics.
Severity of Installed Periodontitis:
Infections related to Periodontitis are extremely aggressive which implies that a Specialized Periodontist should be followed to contain the problem as soon as possible, since it is not uncommon for this type of infection to affect the bloodstream by installing itself in other parts of the body, causing infections may lead to death.
Be sure to consult our staff to take care of your periodontal problems. Remember health begins with the mouth.