Periodontal Gum Care

When it comes to your oral health, your teeth aren’t the only players on the field. Your gums also play a huge role in the condition of your mouth and your overall health. Periodontal disease, degenerative condition that affects the gums, is caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth. This plaque causes bacteria that infect the gums, leaving them red, swollen and even bleeding. Over time, without proper periodontal care, periodontal disease actually causes the inner layer of the gum and bone to pull away from the teeth and form spaces that can collect food, plaque and debris and cause further infection.

This lack of Periodontal gum care can then cause the breakdown of bones and other connective tissue that keep the teeth in place, resulting in lost teeth, pain, discomfort and a number of other health conditions. Because of the bacteria associated with the condition, periodontal disease can cause or contribute to many other health conditions, including:

  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Complications of pregnancy
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • High blood pressure

Causes of Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis, the condition that causes periodontitis (also called periodontal disease), is primarily caused by plaque buildup. That said, there are a number of other factors that may cause or contribute to the development of gum disease. These include hormonal changes (like pregnancy, puberty, menstruation and menopause), illnesses like cancer, HIV and diabetes, a genetic disposition for gum or other dental disease and medications you currently take or have taken in the past. That said, the most common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene habits like failing to brush and floss on a regular basis. Bad habits like smoking can also exacerbate gum disease because it can prevent gum tissue from healing itself.

Dr. Hadley understands that dental care is about more than your teeth. Your periodontal health is an important aspect of your health, and that’s why we offer our patients exceptional periodontal care and education. Call us today and start your journey toward a healthy, beautiful smile.