Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
Periodontal disease occurs “around the tooth” attacking the gums and the supportive bones of the tooth. If a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva called plaque, is not removed from teeth, the result is tartar build-up which will destroy gums. In addition to food debris and bacteria, smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease. Other causes of periodontal disease include:
- Hormonal changes
- Illnesses, like cancer or HIV, may affect the condition of your gums
- Medications can affect oral health
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Family history of dental disease
Periodontal disease is the number one cause of losing a tooth. Some research shows that there might be a connection between periodontal disease and others like, stroke, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Phyllis Schaub and her staff treat patients with periodontal disease through the diagnosis, treatment and maintenance phases to restore patients to optimal oral wellness.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include bleeding gums, loose teeth, new spacing between teeth, constant bad breath, tooth/gum tenderness or discomfort, red/puffy/receding gums, or pus around the teeth and gums. If you are concerned you may have periodontal disease and would like to schedule a consultation, make an appointment with Dr. Schaub today.