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What is Periodontitis?

Published on September 30, 2014 by

Periodontitis is a low grade infection of the gums. At this stage, even a high quality brushing may not control the disease because of the amount of calculus accumulated around the teeth. If periodontitis is not treated, it will slowly and painlessly destroy the bone which supports the teeth. Untreated, the disease will eventually cause tooth loss – but it doesn’t have to be that way! Early detection of gum disease and good professional care is the key; we cannot stress this enough. Gum disease can affect our overall health. It can lead to serious health problems such as increased risks of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and even strokes. It is an active infection and, unless removed, it progresses slowly in both your mouth and beyond as any infection is harmful for your general health. Imagine a cut not healing, filled with pus. Would you really leave it and only have it checked every six months? This is what gum pockets are like. It’s recommended that you have them professionally checked and have plaque removed every three months. Think of that cut mentioned earlier.

Comparison of Healthy Tooth to Periodontitis

Comparison of Healthy Tooth to Periodontitis

Filed under: Dental Education, Dental Hygiene, Holistic Dentistry

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