What is Periodontitis?

July 6, 2021 2

Periodontal disease affects millions of people and most do not even know that they have it. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 70% of Americans 65 and older have periodontitis. The main cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film of bacteria. Other causes of gum disease include genetics, smoking, diabetes, pregnancy, menopause, stress, medications, clenching and grinding teeth.

Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease which is usually represented by red swollen gums which bleed easily when brushing or flossing. Caused by inadequate oral hygiene, gingivitis can be treated with good oral hygiene care.

When gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis occurs over time when the bacterial plaque spreads and grows beneath the gum line. The bacteria produce toxins, which stimulates chronic inflammation around the teeth and gums. The tissue and bone that support the teeth gradually breaks down and results in tooth loss.

The sooner the diagnosis, the more predictable and favorable the outcome of treatment will be. Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups to our office are the best preventative maintenance.

Sedation and Implant Dentistry Las Vegas will work with you to achieve your best oral care. Our dentists in Las Vegas will treat you with care with the ultimate goal of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Contact our Las Vegas dental office at (702) 763-3649 to schedule an appointment for better oral health.


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