What is Periodontal Disease?

As a member of our highly committed hygiene team here at Summit Family Dentistry, we take Periodontal Disease very seriously and are always on the forefront of prevention.  

So, what is Periodontal Disease?  Periodontal Disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection and inflammation that affects the tissues and bone that support your teeth.  

No one is immune from getting periodontal disease. In fact, it is on the rise and can happen to anyone at almost any age.  According to the American Academy of Periodontology, the highest prevalence is found in adults ages 30 to 60. How do you know if you are at risk?                                                                                                                                            

Factors of Periodontal Disease:

  • You are not taking care of your teeth and gums
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Diseases that affect the whole body
  • Medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetics
  • High levels of bacteria found in saliva, teeth and gums

How can you prevent Periodontal Disease?

  • Brushing: Twice daily for two minutes
  • Flossing daily is the gold standard (Brush bristles cannot reach the “in-between” surfaces like floss)
  • Using mouth rinse daily can help lower the level of bacteria
  • Healthy diet and lifestyle
  • Visiting your hygienist and dentist at least twice a year in order to help monitor any signs of potential disease

What if you are not sure if you have it? What are some warning signs?

  • Bleeding gums while either brushing or flossing
  • Red, swollen, itchy or puffy gums
  • Gums that appear “loose” against the tooth, or your tooth feels loose
  • Bad breath that never seems to go away
  • Pus in between the gums and teeth
  • If you feel as if your teeth don’t “fit” together when biting
Keep in mind, even if you show no signs or symptoms, you can still have Periodontal Disease.
Information extracted from ADA, American Dental Association and American Academy of Periodontology

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