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Periodontal Disease

What is periodontal disease and why is it important?

Periodontal disease is a deep infection of the bone and tissues that support your teeth. It's caused by a combination of bacteria, rotting food, and time. If unresolved, it will lead to a steady, progressive loss of the bone that supports your teeth, leading to tooth loss. It is very important if you want to maintain a healthy smile.

What are some of the signs or symptoms of periodontal disease?

Signs of periodontal disease include severely red, inflamed, swollen, painful, and easily bleeding gums. Loose teeth or draining infections around the teeth, and halitosis (bad breath) are also common symptoms.

Why is periodontal disease important beyond just maintaining a beautiful smile?

There is strong clinical data connecting periodontal disease to the progression of over 120 other major systemic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, osteoporosis, asthma, and cancer. The connection between oral health and overall systemic health is very clear.

Can periodontal disease be treated?

Yes, periodontal disease can be treated. While we can't reverse the bone loss without surgical intervention, we can stop the progression of the disease with therapy and patient compliance at home.

What is the treatment process for periodontal disease?

The treatment process involves a professional deep cleaning by a hygienist to remove deposits harboring bacteria. The hygienist also coaches the patient on maintaining oral health. Antibiotics may be used to assist in healing, and regular visits to the hygienist are critical.

Is the treatment for periodontal disease painful?

While diseased tissues can be sensitive, there are many methods available to ensure the patient's comfort during the process.

How can I find a dental office that can help with periodontal disease?

If you're in the Oroville area, you can call Daniel Appel, DDS at (530) 533-7545. If you're not in the Oroville area, you can look at Google reviews for dental offices, focusing on the office's communication, focus on patient comfort, and kindness.

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