(Periodontal) Disease

Gum (Periodontal) Disease

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Gum Disease

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal (PERRY-o-DON-tal) disease — also called gum disease — is an infection and inflammation that affects the tissues and bone that support your teeth.

Warning Signs of Gum Disease

  • gums that bleed when you brush or floss

  • gums that are red, swollen, puffy, or tender

  • gums that no longer hug your teeth tightly

  • bad breath that doesn’t go away

  • pus between your teeth and gums

  • feeling that your teeth are loose

  • a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

  • a change in the way your partial dentures fit

Periodontal Probing

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Periodontal probe of healthy gums.

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Periodontal probe showing space forming between the tooth root and the gums. Dentists call this a pocket.

Bone Loss

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Radiograph showing supporting bone.

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Radiograph showing periodontal bone loss.

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Plaque that is not removed between the teeth and on the gum line can cause the gums to become red, puffy, and swollen.

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You may notice one or some of these warning signs, or you may not notice any warning signs at all.

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Mar 18, 2019 | Posted by in Dental Hygiene | Comments Off on (Periodontal) Disease
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