What Is Periodontal or Gum Disease?
Taking care of your mouth—brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dental visits—is essential for keeping it healthy. Ignoring any part of your oral health regimen greatly increases your risk of developing periodontal (or gum) disease. Periodontal disease is a serious oral health issue that, untreated, only gets worse as time goes on. At Oak Park Dental, we can diagnose and treat your gum disease, restore the health of your mouth, and help you to take the measures necessary to prevent it from reoccurring.
What is Periodontal Disease?Periodontal disease is caused by the excess buildup of plaque (a sticky film that accumulates on your teeth) and oral bacteria. They irritate your gum tissue, which causes your immune system to send an inflammatory response, inflaming your gums. Your gums swell, and pull away from your teeth, creating pockets. Bacteria fall into these pockets and continue to irritate your gums. They also attack your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone, weakening both. Eventually, your teeth loosen and may even fall out. Bacteria may even enter your bloodstream, which can lead to serious health issues such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?Periodontal disease has several causes:
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?Periodontal disease has many symptoms including:
Treating Periodontal DiseaseThe treatment required to correct your gum disease depends on how advanced your condition is. Common periodontal treatments include:
If you have periodontal disease, getting treatment as soon as possible is essential for preventing serious oral (and overall) health complications. Contact Oak Park Dental at (971) 600-0211 to schedule your appointment today.
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