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Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal Disease Therapy of Emerson, NJ

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Your gum and your bones are supporting structures of your teeth. Bone is what anchors your teeth, and gums that are healthy will keep these bone levels at their optimum levels.

What is gum disease and what causes it?

The condition you may refer to as “gum disease” also is called “periodontal disease”. Periodontal disease is the MOST COMMON reason for tooth loss.

Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gums that, if severe, can lead to the loss of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms constantly on teeth.

If plaque is not removed, it can cause your gums (gingivae) to pull away from your teeth, forming POCKETS in which more bacteria and food debri can collect.

Plaque that is not removed hardens into CALCULUS (tartar) along and under your gums. The pockets and hard calculus make it difficult to remove plaque without help from a dentist, and periodontal disease can develop. If left untreated, periodontal disease can damage the tissues that support your teeth, even the bone.

What happens if I have periodontal disease?

Although there is rarely any pain with periodontal disease, you may have the following signs and symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums – gums that are red and swollen and bleed easily (for example, when you brush or clean between your teeth)
  • Receding gums – gums that seem to have pulled away from the teeth
  • Bad breath or Metallic taste
  • Pus etween your teeth and gums
  • Teeth that seem to be loose or moving away from one another
  • Change in the way your partial dentures fit

There are various stages to periodontal disease: from gingivitis (early stage) to periodontitis(advanced disease):

  • Early stage: Red and swollen gums that bleed easily are a sign of gingivitis. At this early stage, the disease may be reversed with a cleaning and more regular daily care at home.
  • Advanced stage: Advanced stage periodontal disease require cleanings that go more deeply below the gum line.

Diabetes and Periodontal Disease? – What’s the connection?

Recently, the researchers have reported associations between periodontal disease and a host of other conditions.

Studies have shown that people with diabetes tend to have periodontal disease more often than those without diabetes, and often the disease is more severe than that in other people.

Researchers also have found that some people with diabetes who receive treatment for periodontal disease see improvements in their ability to control blood sugar levels after those treatments.

So keep in mind that your daily oral health routine and professional dental care are more than just taking care of your teeth. They are important steps in taking care of yourself.

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