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Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support the teeth. As the tissue is damaged, the sulcus (the v-shaped crevice formed where the gum meets the tooth) develops into a pocket that is greater than three millimeters.

Generally, the more severe the disease, the deeper the pocket depth and the more bone loss or damage. The enlarged pockets allow the harmful bacteria to flourish because you physically cannot clean down to the depth of the pocket. Left untreated, periodontal disease may eventually lead to tooth loss.

If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, you are not alone. There are a many people who have the same problem and proper diagnosis and treatment is the first step in preventing tooth loss.

Do I have Periodontal Disease?

Warning signs of potential problems:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

 

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Periodontal and Systemic Diseases

Tooth loss is not the only potential problem posed by periodontal diseases.

Research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal diseases and other health concerns such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, and increased risk during pregnancy.

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