Periodontal disease is a condition where the gums and bone that surround a tooth become infected and results in inflammation. This condition is quite common and causes a drastic amount of pain and tooth loss if it is not treated. Almost 50% of adults 30 and older suffer from some form of the disease. Older people are more prone to the condition and are more common among men. People who smoke are at high risk for periodontal disease.
What Causes it?
It is usually caused by bacteria that infect the tissue in the mouth. When plaque forms long-term, it hardens into tartar. This becomes more problematic as it gradually moves down into the gum line. At this point, only a dental professional can remove it thoroughly. The most common symptoms are:
- Bad breath
- Gums that bleed
- Swollen gums
- Teeth that are sensitive to temperature
- Teeth that have become loose
When to seek help
If you or a loved one is potentially suffering from any signs of periodontal disease, contact us for a consultation and we can set you up with an appointment to get checked out. We accept cash and insurance patients, including those with Medicaid.