The word periodontal means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection which attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria which if not removed, causes inflammation which begins to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is usually characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums, but in some instances, may show no signs.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for those over 35 years of age. An estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of the disease.
Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Research is ongoing to determine how inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
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Dr. Neal B. Suway & Dr. Jeremy Toscano
Dental Implants, Cosmetic and Laser Periodontics
261 Old York Road Suite 319
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Phone: (215) 887-6060
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