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The term periodontal comes from two Latin words: peri meaning around, and dontal meaning teeth. Periodontal disease refers to infections in the structures that surround your teeth. Most commonly, this includes the gums, ligaments, and bones that hold your teeth in place and support the structure of your mouth. Dentalcare Associates specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease in patients of all ages.
Many people mention bleeding gums or sensitive teeth offhand, without realizing that these are indications of severe dental issues. Issues like inflamed gums are early indications that a bacterial infection is taking over the mouth. Left untreated, this infection can spread to supporting structures and cause such severe damage that teeth must be extracted.
Regular dental checkups can help to detect periodontal diseases in the early stages and remove the plaque and bacteria that are the root of the problem. The staff at Dentalcare Associates focuses on preventative measures as much as possible, but we also offer a variety of restorative treatments for patients suffering from tooth decay or advanced periodontal disease.
The Link to Your Health
Research continues to show a strong link between dental health and overall wellness. For example, studies indicate that those with periodontal disease also have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Additionally, women who have gum disease during pregnancy often deliver earlier and have babies with low birth weights.
Of course, the best way to manage periodontal diseases is to practice preventative measures at home. Proper brushing and flossing, as well as regular in-office dental visits, can keep plaque away from the gum line. Using toothpaste that contains fluoride and tartar-control ingredients also helps.
Dentalcare Associates helps patients at all stages of dental health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our treatment plans.