What Causes Periodontal Diseases?

What Causes Periodontal Diseases?

Periodontal Disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film that always forming on your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that can irritate and inflame the gums.

Inflamed gums can pull away from the teeth and from spaces called pockets. These pockets collect more bacteria. If the infected pockets are not treated, the gum disease can get worse.

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Warning Signs of Gum Disease

If you notice any signs below, see the dentist for your children for potential periodontal problems

  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Red, Swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Bad Breath that does not go away
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • A Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • a Change in the fit of partial dentures

Periodontal Disease

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection. It affects the tissues and bone that support the teeth.
Healthy gum tissue fit like a cuff around each tooth. When someone has periodontal disease, the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth. As the disease gets worse, the tissue and bone that support the tooth are damaged. Over time, teeth may fall out or need to be removed. Treating periodontal disease in the early stages can help prevent tooth loss.

Periodontal Disease and Whole Body Health

Periodontal disease has been linked to some other diseases. People with diabetes or heart disease are more likely to get periodontal disease. Strokes and high stress also may related to periodontal disease. Researchers are still studying these links.