Periodontal disease

The silent mouth disease

75% of adults over the age of 35 show signs of periodontal disease

PERIODONTAL DISEASE FACTS

It is a bacterial infection that affects the gum, ligaments and bone supporting the teeth

This bacteria lives in plaque which hardens over time and causes gum irritation (ie: gingivitis--see diagram below)

Left untreated develops into a bacterial infection which attacks the supporting bone

It is called the SILENT disease because without regular cleanings and check-ups you may never know you have it!

THE EFFECTS OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE CANNOT BE REVERSED!

        Signs & Symptoms

  • Red, swollen or tender gums that bleed when brushed or flossed

  • Receding gums

  • Loose or  s p a c e d  teeth

  • Persistent bad breath

  • Pus and sores in the mouth

  • Change in the fit of partial dentures

  • Change in your bite

  4 Steps To PREVENT

Periodontal Disease

  1. BRUSH

  2. FLOSS (or alternative aid)

  3. Eat a BALANCED DIET

  4. Get regular ORAL CHECK-UPS and CLEANINGS

 

Why Should You Care?

It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and initial symptoms go unnoticed!

Bacteria that cause periodontal disease

can enter the bloodstream and may be related to other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.