- July 31, 2013
When it comes to the most common oral healthcare problems, you may surprised to learn that the most common condition doesn’t even directly affect your teeth – instead, it’s the soft tissue of your gums that susceptible! Periodontal disease (also commonly referred to as gum disease) is experienced by a whopping 70% of the population, but a majority of those people aren’t even aware of its presence until it’s progressed to a more advanced, destructive stage. Here in Collegeville and Williamsport, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo believes strongly in patient education; after all, once you have a solid understanding of what’s going on in your mouth, you can better determine when professional help is needed at our Philadelphia area offices. That’s why we’d like to take the time to explain what periodontal disease is and how the condition manifests in more detail.
How do I get periodontal disease?
The cause is relatively simple – the plaque (a sticky, colorless film) that develops on your teeth throughout the day contains potentially dangerous bacteria, which can infect the tissues in your mouth if left in place for too long without the help of brushing, flossing, or regularly scheduled check-ups with Dr. DiGiallorenzo.
Gingivitis is the first and mildest form of periodontal disease, and it is the one that a vast majority of patients suffer from. When experiencing gingivitis, you might notice that gums appear excessively red or swollen; they may even bleed whenever you brush or floss. However, the condition is usually not painful and with a little help from our dedicated team and a more rigorous oral hygiene routine, it can be reversed.
Periodontitis, on the other hand, is the form of periodontal disease that follows gingivitis, and it is much more serious. This is when the toxins from the plaque and bacteria that have infected the gums begin to cause the soft tissue in your mouth to actively deteriorate and the bone to break down. This can result in loosened gums, unsightly pockets forming around the teeth, and even tooth loss.
Now that you’re aware of the causes and stages of periodontal disease, you can better recognize the threat. In our next blog post, we’ll discuss in more detail how our offices can effectively treat this condition.
Contact either our Williamsport or Collegeville dental offices today to schedule an appointment with Dr. DiGiallorenzo! We look forward to giving your smile that extra boost of health and comfort it needs to truly shine. Patients are welcome from all over the Philadelphia area!