How do periodontal diseases start?
Oral bacteria build up, especially around the gumline, to form a soft biofilm called plaque that can harden into cement-like tartar. Plaque and tartar damages the gums and causes progressive inflammation, and it can only be removed by a dental professional.
The two most common periodontal diseases are gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums and it affects about 90% of us. It is characterized by tender red swollen gums that bleed easily. Early treatment is effective, and without it, gingivitis can worsen to periodontitis.
Periodontitis shares symptoms with gingivitis but it damages bone and connective tissue, leading to the risk of tooth loss.
What are the treatment options?
Prevention through proper oral hygiene habits at home and regular dental visits is best. We have many effective interventions to treat periodontal diseases should they develop.
Our goal? The same as yours… To ensure your smile is healthy and disease-free!