Periodontal disease is a condition of the bone and other tooth-supporting structures of the mouth that is defined by loss of epithelial attachment and loss of tooth-supporting bone due to the presence of dental plaque, tartar, and other microorganisms. Treatment periodontal disease is more extensive than a ‘regular cleaning,’ requiring a thorough removal of irritants that have progressed deeper under the gumline. This is known as ‘scaling and root planing.’
Gum disease is a serious condition that causes severe oral health issues. If left untreated, periodontal infection can even lead to tooth loss. Because early stages of gum disease often have no noticeable symptoms, it is crucial to maintain your oral health by attending regular dental cleanings and examinations. At Klein Dental Arts in Maryville, TN, Dr. Klein provides comprehensive periodontal disease treatment to address and prevent gum disease, as well as prepare patients for restorative treatments.
The Importance of Periodontal Care
Gum disease is not usually painful, but it can wreak havoc on your mouth. When plaque and tartar harden, it is easier for bacteria to spread below the gum line. Once there, bacteria can create pockets around the teeth, leading to gum recession. Left untreated, it can even lead to tooth loss.
When you devote time to regular periodontal care, you are investing in the future of your overall health.
Scientific research has demonstrated a link between oral and overall health. When bacteria is present in the mouth, the same bacteria is also usually present in the bloodstream, which carries the infection throughout your body. As a result, periodontal disease is often connected to heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. When you devote time to regular periodontal care, you are investing in the future of your overall health.