The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 50% of Americans have gum disease. So what, exactly, is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissues caused by bacteria in the mouth. It begins when dental plaque is not adequately removed, allowing the plaque to mineralize and adhere to the teeth. These hardened plaques are referred to calculus or tartar. The body recognizes these deposits as foreign, much like a splinter, and sends its’ blood cells to attack and remove them. This causes the tissues to become inflamed and bleed easily. The bony ridges that anchor the teeth are also attacked, leading to bone loss and loose teeth.
You can prevent or minimize periodontal disease by being meticulous with your dental home care. Having your teeth cleaned and evaluated by your dental professionals will also help prevent these traumatic tissue changes.
We Have a complete periodontal prevention and maintenance program at our office, and use specialists for severe cases that require additional therapy. Don’t lose your teeth to gum disease! Call us for a professional evaluation in our Waynesville dental office.