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Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease Near You

Periodontal disease causes damages to the bone and gums that surround and support the teeth. Bacteria, food debris, and saliva can form plaque, turning into tartar (calculus) if it’s not removed. As the plaque and tartar build-up, they can damage the bone and gums.


 Periodontal disease can cause swelling, bleeding, and red gums.


Did you know, four out of five people can have a form of periodontal disease, and they won’t know it? Unfortunately, most people are unaware as the disease is painless in the early stages.


Periodontal disease accounts for many cases of tooth loss. Research also suggests that there is a potential link between periodontal disease and other diseases, including diabetes, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, and cardiovascular disease. Researchers are studying to see if the bacteria and inflammation caused by periodontal disease affect these conditions and diseases. Smoking can also increase your risk of developing periodontal disease.


A balanced diet, good oral hygiene, and regular dental checkups and cleanings can minimize your risk of developing periodontal disease.


Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • New spacing between teeth- Which is caused by bone loss.
  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed when you floss or vigorously brush.
  • Persistent bad breath – Due to the bacteria.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gums around a tooth.
  • Loose teeth – Which can be caused by bone loss.
  • Pus around the gums and teeth – Indicator of an infection.
  • Discomfort of Tenderness – Bacteria, plaque, and calculus can irritate the gums and teeth.
  • Puffy and red gums – Healthy gums are never swollen or red.


Dental Factoid

Toothpaste was invented in the 1800s, made from ingredients such as chalk and soap. Then, in 189s, the first collapsible tube was marketed until 1984, when a pump dispenser was first introduced. Proctor & Gamble introduced the Crest brand fluoride toothpaste in 1956.