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Gum Disease is the #1 Reason for Tooth Loss


Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease or gingivitis) is an infection of tissues that contact and support your teeth. It is a huge cause of damaging teeth and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.  Since gum disease is generally not a to z in terms of pain you may not know you have it. Referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacterium that is continually multiplying and growing on our teeth. 


Periodontal Disease (What is it)


Progression of gingivitis and gum disease is called periodontitis.  Periodontitis influences 47.2% of grown-ups more than 30 years of age in the United States. It can prompt the loss of tissue and bone that help the teeth stay in place in the mouth and it might turn out to be more extreme after some time. In the event that it does, your teeth will loosen, begin moving around in your mouth and even fall out. This is the most widely recognized type of periodontitis in grown-ups yet can happen at any age. It normally worsens slowly and deteriorates gradually; however, there can be times of quick progression.

This start up infection begins with toxins around the tooth and it affects the supporting bone and ligaments of the gums. Periodontal disease can influence one tooth and each of the thirty-two teeth in your mouth. The infection begins with the plaque that develops on your teeth every day.



Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Gums that bleed profusely
  • Red swollen, delicate gums
  • Gums separated from the teeth
  • Bad breath or terrible taste
  • Sudden changes in the way your teeth fit together when you chew

It is possible to have gum disease and have no noticeable signs. That is one reason why consistent dental check-ups and periodontal examinations are vital.

Causes of Gum Disease

  • Poor oral cleanliness
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Drinking or eating high sugar foods
  • Hereditary qualities
  • Slanted teeth that are difficult to keep clean
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Chemotherapy

How Do You Prevent Gum Disease


Treatment techniques rely on how far the condition has advanced. Frequent and thorough home dental care is basic to help guard against periodontal disease from winding up more severe or recurring. Keep in mind: You don’t need to lose teeth to have a gum infection.

  • Brush or clean your teeth twice per day,
  • Clean between your teeth every day,
  • Adjust your eating habits,
  • Schedule routine visits to your family dentist

How Do You Treat Advanced Periodontal Disease


Non Surgically


A conservative and effective way to treat periodontitis is a nonsurgical treatment called scaling and root planing.  Piero provides this not-painful treatment by scraping and removing plaque and tartar from your teeth and root surfaces ultrasonically and then smooths away the rough patches on the roots to prevent the toxins and bacteria from coming back.



If root planing and scaling are not sufficient and periodontitis had progressed, then a bone graft may be necessary.  This is when the exposed roots due to the receding of the gum line can be covered with gum grafts.  The dentist or oral surgeon takes a part of the patient’s palate or other parts of the gum tissue to cover the roots of the tooth or teeth.  This will help reduce the sensitivity and protect the roots of your teeth from decay–stopping bone loss.

For any other questions about gum disease, periodontitis or are having issues sensitive or exposed teeth please contact our P. Piero Family Dentistry at 616-399-0288.

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