Periodontitis Treatment in Langley, BC |Langley Dental Centre
People with periodontitis or severe gum condition often complain about sensitive, red and swollen gums around the tooth, or bleeding gums while brushing, or a loose tooth. Periodontitis is a serious gum infection caused by bacteria which affect the soft tissue around a tooth. It is one of the most common dental diseases.
Gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums may lead to Periodontitis (a more severe condition of gum disease) if unattended. The gum disease destroys the gum tissue and/or bone. Untreated periodontitis will eventually result in tooth loss, and may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and other health problems.
Periodontitis is caused by poor oral hygiene which leads to plaque formation – a layer of bacteria and food debris, left undisturbed on the teeth. Periodontitis is preventable with good oral habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing before bedtime, rinsing your mouth after every meal and a healthy diet.
Periodontitis- Risk Factors
Risk factors typically increase the risk of developing a condition or disease. The following risk factors are linked to a higher risk of periodontitis:
Smoking – Regular smokers are often prone to developing gum problems. The disease does not respond effectively in smokers as it would, among non-smokers.
Hormonal changes – periodontitis is observed commonly with hormonal changes especially among women during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Such hormonal changes increase the risk of developing gum diseases.
Diabetes – Diabetic patients have a much higher incidence of gum disease than other individuals in the same age-group.
AIDS – People with AIDS/HIV infection are more prone to gum diseases.
Cancer – Treatment for cancer can increase the problem of gum diseases
Drugs – Some medications that reduce saliva are linked to gum disease risk.
Genetics – Periodontitis is more genetically susceptible to gum diseases.
Periodontitis – Diagnosis
General dentists who are qualified and experienced can easily diagnose periodontitis. The dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination of the patient’s mouth, look for visible signs and symptoms before diagnosing the condition. An X-ray may be advised to understand the condition of the teeth and the jaw bone.
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