Periodontal disease is one of the most common dental problems and involves inflammation of or infection of the gums. If left untreated gum disease can eventually lead to the loss of teeth and damage to your bones, so it is important that you let us treat your gums right away to reverse the damage.
Gum disease, like other dental problems, is the result of bacteria living in your mouth. These bacteria feed on the food particles in your mouth and can form plaque that sticks to your teeth. Over time, this plague hardens and becomes tartar that has to be removed by a dentist.
The initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This problem primarily involves red, inflamed gums that may bleed easily. If you notice that your gums are bleeding after you brush your teeth, for example, give us a call so that we can help clean your teeth and reverse the inflammation.
However, if gingivitis is allowed to progress, it can turn into periodontal disease. In this case, your gums begin to recede from your teeth, forming small pockets that can become infected. The plaque starts to spread beneath the gum line, and your body tries to fight off the bacteria.
If left untreated, your bones and connective tissue will start to weaken and break down. If you do not call us for immediate treatment, over time your teeth will become loose because the bones and tissue that hold them in place will be destroyed. Eventually, you may have to have your teeth removed.
Periodontal disease can be a very serious problem that can lead to irreversible tooth loss. By calling our Syosset, Long Island dental office at the first sign of soreness or inflammation of your gums we can help you avoid any serious problems with your gums.