Periodontics is a dental specialty that helps prevent, diagnose, and treat the gum tissues that surround and support your teeth. It also includes gum disease, periodontal ligament, and the bones that help support your teeth. These can become weak from infections and bacteria, eventually resulting in tooth loss. Severe signs of Periodontal Disease may include bad breath, unusual amounts of bacteria, loose teeth, and sensitive gums. You should see a professional if you experience any of these symptoms. If Periodontal Disease isn't treated in a timely manner, you can jeopardize the health of your entire body. Plaque and bacteria can grow around vital structures, go into your bloodstream, and trigger high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes, and death.
Periodontal or Gum Disease
Periodontal Disease is a result of poor oral hygiene and diet, stress, and genetics that make you more prone to host bacteria. About 80% of adults have some form of gum disease. These range from gingivitis to more severe periodontal disease. More often than not, our patients aren't aware of their gum disease since it is typically not painful. Similar to cancer and diabetes, Periodontal Disease is referred to as the "silent disease." Signs to look for include:
Symptoms of gum disease:
Swollen, puffy and/or red gums
Bad breath despite brushing
Gums bleed while flossing and brushing
Exudate (pus) oozing from gums
If you experience any of these signs, call us today at (405) 682-0609 to book a visit with Dr. Heath and his team.
Flossing is Vital
Flossing helps get rid of food that can turn into harmful diseases such as Periodontal Disease. Recent research found cancer, heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, and premature births are associated more with inflammation in the body than factors like genetics. The American Dental Association suggests patients of all ages floss their teeth once a day. Maintaining proper oral hygiene can help protect you from developing harmful diseases.
In need of immediate care?
We provide emergency phone consultation services after working hours and on weekends. Call us at our office (405) 682-0609