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DEEP CLEANINGS / PERIODONTAL DISEASE

If Periodontal Disease is present, it may be necessary for you to have a more comprehensive cleaning.  Periodontal Disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth and the number one reason for tooth loss. Because Periodontal Disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:

  Gums that bleed easily
  Red, swollen, tender gums
  Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  Any change in the fit of partial dentures     
    
Some factors increase the risk of developing gum disease. They are:

  Poor oral hygiene
  Smoking or chewing tobacco
  Genetics
  Crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
  Pregnancy
  Diabetes

Medications can also contribute to Periodontal Disease.  Medications may include steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives.

Please call us if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

 


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