The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal Disease (PD) attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Bacterial Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If Bacterial Plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When Bacterial Plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal Disease (PD) is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.
Four out of five people have Periodontal Disease (PD) and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. A periodontal implant examination should be provided by Drs. Dennis Nishimine, Dee Nishimine & Sophia Tseng.
Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between Periodontal Disease (PD) and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with Periodontal Disease (PD) affects these systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking greatly increases the risk of Periodontal Disease (PD).
Good oral hygiene (OHI), a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing Periodontal Disease (PD). Periodontal probings should be provided at least two times per year. Prevention, early detection, and treatment are the key to success.
Signs and symptoms of Periodontal Disease (PD):
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