What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth that is most destructive in individuals that have a genetic susceptibility to the disease process. It is responsible for more tooth loss in adults than any other type of dental disease. Data acquired by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 50% of American adults suffer from periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is chronic in nature and usually does not hurt until the disease has become advanced and tooth loss is inevitable. Early diagnosis and treatment can help you maintain your teeth for a lifetime.
Signs of periodontal disease include:
- Deep pockets around teeth
- Bad breath
- Inflamed gums
- Spaces that develop between teeth
- Loose or sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or longer-appearing teeth