What You Should Know About Gum Disease

Gum disease is more than just an irritating feel in the mouth.

It may be a sign of other health problems and/or a marker of future health issues. Some conditions might affect only the mouth but others can develop into life-threatening conditions.

Let’s be sure we understand gum disease, which Princeton Prosthodontics and Dental Implants treats. It’s quite prevalent. Good preventive care and home maintenance help enormously.

The word “periodontal” means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it. Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. It is, however, the No. 1 cause of tooth loss. If not treated, gum disease can lead to heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Let’s take good care of those teeth and gums with a brushing and flossing regimen, plus regular cleanings at dental checkups. Your caring practitioners at Princeton Prosthodontics and Dental Implants can help with diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and evaluate the need for dental implants.

Contact us today for an appointment and put your mouth on the path to better health.

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