Over half of all Americans from age 30 and on have had bleeding gums. Periodontal diseases are infections that affect the structures surrounding the teeth. This includes the gums, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone. In its earliest stages, periodontal disease affects only the gums. As it progresses, it can take its toll on all of the tissues involved. Periodontal disease can often go unnoticed because it’s painless. But most of the time symptoms will be present. These include:
Dental plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on the teeth. To eliminate the bacteria that forms from the plaque, your immune system responds by releasing substances that cause the inflammation and destruction of the gums that comes from periodontal disease. This leads to swollen, bleeding gums, and loosening of the teeth when periodontitis becomes more severe.
The main factor in periodontal disease is a buildup of plaque. However, other factors, including diseases, medications, and oral habits can also contribute to the development of the disease. Factors that can increase your risk of gum disease, or make it worse once the infection has set in, include:
Early diagnosis, and treating periodontal disease as soon as possible, are the key elements in sustaining good oral health. Vigilance practicing good oral hygiene is also important. You should also visit your dentist for regular cleaning and exams, in order to prevent periodontal disease from forming in the first place. It’s recommended that most people see their dentist every 6 months. Should periodontal disease already develop, more frequent visits might be necessary. Should you find you already have periodontal disease, some of the aspects of treatment to expect can include an evaluation, tartar removal, bite therapy, and behavioral changes that can be affecting your teeth. For more information on periodontal disease, or how Beverly Hills Specialty Dental Care can help you, please call or stop by the office today.
At Beverly Hills Specialty Dental Care, we accept most PPOs, select HMO plans for root canal treatment, as well as UC Ship. UC Ship is a system wide plan that provides health benefits to all enrolled students. Here is a list of insurances that we take for PPO plans. Please contact our office for a full list or with any insurance questions.
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