23 Nov 2015
November 23, 2015

What Is Periodontitis? – A Guide From Framingham Cosmetic Dentist

November 23, 2015

One of the services we provide at Framingham Cosmetic Dentist is Periodontal Therapy, in order to treat and take care of problems stemming from Periodontitis. While such dental terms as “cavities,” “crowns,” and “braces” are well-known and cause no confusion among those who hear it, however, the words “periodontal therapy” and “periodontitis” are often met with the question: “What is periodontitis?”

What Is Periodontitis?

When gingivitis is not taken care of, it can advance and become periodontitis – which is inflammation around the tooth. When a person is dealing with periodontitis, the gums will pull away from the teeth and form spaces (or “pockets”) that become infected. While the immune system in the body will fight the bacteria, the plaque below the gum line will spread and continue to grow. Eventually, the body will begin to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place, in order to fight the infection. If periodontitis is not taken care of, teeth will likely become loose, and will eventually need to be removed.

Who is at higher risk of periodontitis?

Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with gum disease developing. On top of this, smoking can make it more difficult for treatment to be successful.

People with diabetes are also at a higher risk of developing all sorts of infections – gum disease included.

People with other significant illnesses may also find that the health of their gums is compromised.

And, of course, there are plenty of prescription medications (and even over-the-counter medications) that reduce the flow of saliva, which can cause the mouth to become more vulnerable to gum disease.

Potential signs of periodontitis:

If you have persistent bad breath, gums that are red or swollen or tender or bleeding, or if you are dealing with painful chewing or teeth that are loose or sensitive, you may be dealing with gum disease. Furthermore, if your gums are receding or your teeth are beginning to appear longer, this could also be a sign of gum disease.

What to do?

If you have gum disease, there are two things you can do:

1) Start taking better care of your teeth

2) Come in and see us!

Remember: the teeth you have now are the only teeth you will ever have! Take care of them, and they will stay with you for the rest of your life; fail to take care of them, and you will find yourself dealing with a lot more problems down the road.


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