Periodontal disease is a more advanced form of gum disease that happens when earlier bacterial infection of the gum issue is left untreated and the bacterial infection continues to invade deeper layers of tissue.
Gingivitis is the earlier form of gum disease
If you have been experiencing early symptoms of gum disease, which is called gingivitis, it is time to get it treated by your Oakville, Ontario dentist before it advances into full blown periodontal disease. The symptoms of gingivitis include bleeding around the gums, especially when you brush or floss your teeth close to the gum line. In fact, if you have had a lot of plaque accumulating close to the border between the gums and the teeth, it is most likely that it will soon start affecting the gums.
Unchecked periodontal disease can be serious
Periodontal disease develops when bacteria start attacking gum tissue, the fibres and supporting bone mass that are critical for supporting the teeth in their sockets. Unchecked periodontal disease will lead to a receding gum line, pain, bad breath and in the longer term could mean that your teeth actually loosen in their sockets and start to fall out.
Gum disease at one stage or another is quite common and many adults develop it at some stage of their lives.
If gum disease is allowed to progress to periodontal disease, then this could mean that your dentist will have to make a thorough assessment of the state of your gums and after the infection has been removed, it will be possible to deal with any loose teeth. In advanced stages, one or more thoroughly weakened teeth may need to be extracted and the gaps filled with false teeth of some sort.
Gum disease can be prevented by normal dental hygiene, concentrating on making sure that plaque is removed from the teeth with regular brushing of the teeth with an approved toothbrush and flossing between the teeth. If plaque is left for too long, it can harden into something called tartar, which is almost impossible to remove by yourself. You can make arrangements to see a dental hygienist at your Oakville, Ontario dental surgery once every year to have any tartar or plaque thoroughly removed to prevent the onset of gum disease.