Periodontal disease, or gingivitis, is an infection that attacks the tissues and bones that surround your teeth. In its early stages, gingivitis is treatable, as it only affects the gums and soft tissue around the teeth. In its advanced stages, periodontal disease spreads below the gums and permanently damages the tissues and bone that support your teeth.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
The Causes of Periodontal Disease
Gum disease occurs when bacteria from plaque form on your teeth and gums. The bacteria feed on the sugars from the food and beverages you consume and produce toxins that irritate your gums, causing them to swell, become tender, and bleed easily when you brush and floss. As time passes, plaque bacteria can harden into a buildup called tartar, which further irritates the gums, causing them to pull away from your teeth.
Periodontal Disease Treatment Options
Professional teeth cleanings, in which plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth above and below the gum line, can be performed to treat periodontal disease. If your teeth are particularly susceptible to plaque, our dentists may recommend that you have a cleaning more than twice a year. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning process that is performed for patients who have plaque beneath the gum line. During this procedure, your tooth roots are smoothed, making it harder for plaque to stick to them.
Feel free to contact Star Dental today to learn more about how we can treat gum disease and to schedule your next appointment!
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