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Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss, and can develop into an advanced stage without showing any obvious signs, ultimately causing your teeth to wobble, or to become painful.
Gum diseases or rather periodontal diseases refer to the growth of bacteria which will lead to the destruction of tissues that are around and essentially support the teeth. The term periodontal basically means ‘around the teeth’.
Plaque is the main cause of gum diseases, and usually forms around the teeth even without our knowledge, with it accumulating so much, tartar forms. This tartar is so sticky that common cleansing of the teeth cannot remove it, and only professional cleaning of the teeth can get rid of it.
It was once thought that the effects of periodontal disease were limited to the oral cavity. However, research is beginning to uncover their wide reaching effects on our overall health. What researchers have discovered is that periodontal disease increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, strokes and diabetes. If the condition is discovered early dentists and medical doctors may be able to work closely together when managing patients with the above conditions.
Successful periodontal treatment requires full cooperation from the patients themselves, such as the maintenance of good oral hygiene. This is absolutely essential. Studies have shown that lack of compliance, and poor oral hygiene status will result in the relapse of the disease.
Bleeding, swelling and red gums should not be ignored, as the problem will not go away. At Primecare Dental they utilise lazer therapy to treat gum disease without surgery, and with incredible results. Even if you don’t have gum disease they will teach you the simple and effective at-home techniques to make sure your gums stay healthy for life.