Periodontitis, or gum disease, is the inflammation around the tooth. It is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and bone that supports the tooth. Periodontitis is the more serious case of gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammations of the gum, and if not treated will eventually lead to Periodontitis.
Some of the symptoms of Periodontitis include:
- Inflamed or swollen gums
- Bright red gums; sometimes purple
- Gums are sensitive when touched
- Receding gums
- Extra spaces between the teeth
- Bleeding when brushing the teeth
- Bleeding when flossing
- Halitosis (Bad Breath)
- Loose teeth
What Causes Periodontitis?
The most common cause of Periodontitis in an individual is poor oral hygiene. Dental Plaque that forms on teeth are formed by bacteria that try to attach themselves to the tooth’s surface. If not brushed, or cleaned away, it hardens into tartar. Tartar is much more difficult to remove than plaque. Getting rid of tartar requires a dental professional. Plaque that develops may gradually and progressively damage teeth and surrounding tissue. Eventually, you will develop gingivitis which will ultimately lead to pockets developing between the teeth and gums. If this persists, bacteria will fill the pockets and our immune system’s natural response to infection will start destroying the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth together.
If you show signs of Periodontitis or Progressive Gingivitis, contact Dr. Haines today!
For more information on periodontal disease and periodontal treatment services call Dr. Haines in Snohomish, WA at 360-568-8577 or visit www.tedhainesdds.com.
Dr. Haines of Snohomish, WA also proudly accepts patients from Monroe, Lake Stevens, Everett, Mill Creek, Woodinville, and surrounding areas.