Periodontal is defined as “around the tooth.” Inside your mouth, Periodontal disease will appear red, swollen and bleeding around the gums. Periodontal DISEASE is a disorder that will attack your gums and even around bone structure that supports your teeth. One serious culprit is plaque, which resembles a sticky film of food debris, saliva and bacteria. Left unchecked plaque will turn into calculus (tartar). When combined, calculus and plaque destroy the gums and bone.
4 of 5 Americans currently suffer from periodontal disease, often without their knowledge. The reason – periodontal disease is painless in the early stages.
The # 1 reason for tooth loss is periodontal disease. There are some in the medical field suggesting that periodontal disease is linked to strokes, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, increased risk during pregnancy and cardiovascular disease. Researchers are seeking to determine whether bacteria and inflammation, combined with periodontal disease, can affect other systemic conditions and diseases. If you smoke, this habit may significantly increase your risk of having periodontal disease.
Contact Dr. George Eifler and AZ Valley Dental today: (602) 956- 2260.