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Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal Therapy Purcellville, VA

Swollen and bleeding gums are not normal. If you live in or near Purcellville, VA and are having any of these symptoms that’s an early sign that your gums are infected with bacteria which could possibly lead to Periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth causing them to become so loose they may have to be extracted. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will help prevent most periodontal conditions.

Why is oral hygiene so important?

Gum disease has been recently linked to other more serious health problems:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory disease
  • Premature Birth

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum disease (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.
Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. However, it is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).

Other important factors affecting the health of your gums include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition
  • Periodontal Disease

Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.

Preventing Gum Disease

The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as visiting your dentist regularly. If you already have gum disease, you may need to visit more often to keep it under control.

Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.

Schedule your check up today in our Purcellville, VA office to keep your overall health and your teeth and gums healthy!

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