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!
The silent mouth disease
75% of adults over the age of 35 show signs of periodontal disease
Signs & Symptoms
Red, swollen or tender gums that bleed when brushed or flossed
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
FLOSS (or alternative aid)
Eat a BALANCED DIET
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.