The Dangers of Periodontitis
When gingivitis goes overlooked, it spreads deeper into the tissues and bone around your teeth. In fact, this phase of infection (called periodontal disease or periodontitis) is the leading reason for adult tooth loss. Symptoms of gum disease typically include signs of:
- Gums that bleed every time you brush and floss
- Sensitive gum tissues or receding gumlines
- Tooth mobility
- Bad breath
- Heavy tartar and stain buildup
- Problems with food getting caught between your teeth
While you might not feel very worried about how this disease impacts your teeth, it’s important to note that periodontitis is linked with diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, Alzheimer’s, infertility, and more. Eliminating the active infection can make it possible for your overall quality of health to improve.
Treatments for Gum Disease
Once the bacteria under your gums causes tissue destruction, it’s impossible to get it to grow back. Fortunately, we can clean the deep pockets around your teeth so that the gums reattach before further bone is lost. That being said, a typical preventive cleaning just won’t do. Instead, we’ll slowly and carefully clean these areas and set you up so they are easier to maintain and prevent recurrent infection.
How long has it been since your last checkup? Call our office today to find out why Rocky River families have been coming to us for their dental needs for almost 100 years.
General & Restorative Dentistry of Rocky River provides comprehensive restorative treatments to individuals of all ages. We make every effort to address concerns early, when they require less extensive solutions to correct them.