Periodontal disease is the term given to the final stage of severe gum disease, and can be extremely dangerous to your overall oral hygiene. Periodontal disease is caused by a bacteria infection deep into the jaw and bone line, destroying tissue and weakening bone.
Early symptoms of periodontal disease that you can look out for are:
- Excessive bleeding, particularly as you try to brush or floss
- Your gums will be tender to touch and turn stark red
- Constant bad breath
- Excessive pocketing, where the gum recedes and exposes more of the tooth
- Instances of pus located around the pockets of your teeth
Periodontal disease is not curable, however, it can be treated to soothe its symptoms through regular visits to your dentist and improved hygiene. If periodontal disease is left untreated, the bacteria underneath the gum line will eat away at the anchor holding your teeth in place, loosening them and – in the worst case scenario – causing them to fall out.
If you believe you exhibit symptoms of periodontal disease, or wish to find out more, please call us on (03)97020234. Our knowledgeable staff are more than happy to consult with you on the dangers of this disease, and suggest any preventative treatments or whether further examination is required.