Causes of Periodontal Disease services cliffside park, fort lee, edgewater & nearby bergen county NJ & NY

Periodontal disease causes extensive damage and inflammation to the gums. It is considered a more advanced version of gingivitis and if left untreated may result in the loss of one or more teeth. The progression of the disease is determined by how well the patient and their dentist manage their oral health. When a patient has periodontal disease the gums will pull back from the teeth, creating what dentists call pockets. The body tries to fight the infection but this leads to the deterioration of bone and connective tissue which connect to the teeth.

Benefits of Treating Periodontal Disease

A growing body of research indicates that oral health influences the health of the rest of the body, and if a patient has poor oral health they will gradually experience health problems in other parts of their body. Untreated periodontal disease results in tooth loss, which leads to changes in speech, an unattractive smile and weakened bite. When one tooth is lost this begins a domino effect that can lead to the loss of surrounding teeth.

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Periodontal Disease Causes | FAQ

How can periodontal disease be prevented?

To prevent periodontal disease a patient should brush at least twice daily and use floss to get rid of plaque that is stuck between teeth. Patients should also visit a dentist regularly for professional teeth cleaning and they should stop smoking.

What problems can periodontal disease cause besides tooth loss?

Some studies indicate that patients with periodontal disease are at a greater risk of developing heart disease or diabetes. Other research has suggested that pregnant women who have periodontal disease may deliver babies which have a lower birth weight. While research into this area is ongoing, it is another reason to control the disease.

What types of medications are available for periodontal disease?

Medications should be used in conjunction with professional treatment, and will come in the form of chlorhexidine, antibiotic doxycycline minocycline.

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