Periodontal Disease (Gingivitis)

 

WHAT IS IT?

  • Gingivitis is a common, mild inflammation of the gum
  • Untreated gingivitis leads to periodontitis (loss of supporting bone around the tooth)
  • Gingivitis affects supporting and surrounding soft and hard tissues around the tooth
  • Gingivitis creates ‘pockets’ that separate the gum from the tooth
  • Periodontal pockets are an ideal venue for the accumulation of bacteria that produce toxic substances (enzymes) that can get into your bloodstream
  • Gingivitis is the number ONE cause of tooth loss
  • Gingivitis is linked to low birth-weight rates and to systemic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease

TREATMENT

  • Treatment of gingivitis is usually a routine periodontal cleaning
  • Treatment of periodontal disease varies, depending on severity
  • Once treated, further periodontal disease is usually prevented by regularly scheduled cleanings and proper daily home care

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