Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that attacks the teeth's bone structure as well as the gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease leads to tooth loss. It may also play a role in heart disease and diabetes. It is important that you maintain your periodontal health. One way to do this is to have regular dental checkups with your Cary, NC, dentist. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirk Wilkie, Dr. Vic Turner, or Dr. Joey Pesicek at Cary Implant and General Dentistry. Our dentists provide a complete range of dental services that will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Read on to learn more about periodontal disease.
What Causes It?
Our mouth is full of bacteria. Some of this bacteria works with mucus and food particles to form a sticky substance called plaque. The plaque finds its way into the small spaces between your gum tissue and teeth. When we brush and floss our teeth, it eliminates the plaque. On the other hand, if we don't properly brush and floss, the gums become infected. As time goes on, it becomes more painful and challenging to treat.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
There are several signs of periodontal disease. If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your Cary, NC, dentist.
- Your gums are swollen.
- Your gums are bright red, dusky red, or purple
- Your gums bleed after you brush your teeth.
- Your gums are receding, making your teeth look longer.
- You have loose teeth.
- You have bad breath.
- It hurts when you chew.
- You have new spaces between your teeth.
Proper Oral Hygiene
If you want to prevent periodontal disease, practice proper oral hygiene. If you're a smoker, try to quit. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after meals. Floss your teeth at least once a day. Keeping your teeth fresh and clean prevents bacteria, mucus, and food particles from creating sticky plaque that leads to periodontal disease. Visit your dentist on a regular basis so he or she can catch dental issues before they worsen.
Schedule an Appointment
If you live in Cary, NC, and need a dentist, visit us at Cary Implant and General Dentistry or call (919) 481-0330. Whether you are needing a routine checkup or treatment for periodontal disease, we can provide you with the services you require.