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Understanding periodontal disease

Posted Jul 01 2009 6:42pm

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis, refers to a disease of the gums in which the gums are infected and swell in the process. It has been estimated that eighty percent of Americans have been affected by some form of the disease. (Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Following are the first tell-tale signs of periodontal disease:

  • Swelling in the gums
  • Redness in the gums
  • Increased teeth sensitivity
  • Pus around the teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Exposed teeth roots
  • Bleeding gums
  • Soft gums
  • Bad breath

How can you prevent periodontal disease?

  • Follow a proper dental care routine.
  • Keep away from tobacco.
  • Eat right. Eat proper balanced meals.
  • Ask your dentist if you need cleaning and get your teeth cleaned professionally.

Apart from the above-mentioned points, make sure that you visit your dentist every six months. Regular check-ups are the best way to keep a check on the health of your teeth and gums.

The branch of dentistry that deals with the treatment of periodontitis is called periodontics. A periodontist is the person who treats periodontal disease.

If you don’t start out the day with a smile, it’s not too late to start practicing for tomorrow.
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