Periodontal disease is a painful, chronic disease. Your gums become inflamed and can bleed easily. The bone and surrounding gum tissues that support your teeth could deteriorate, causing more pain and loss of teeth. Many people ignore the symptoms, which can also include tenderness, persistent bad breath and taste, and plaque buildup beneath the gum line. Without treatment, symptoms become more severe and can contribute to systemic infections and loss of teeth and bone.

Risk Factors For Periodontal Disease
Certain generic factors and underlying medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, predispose you to gum disease. Other influencing factors include:
• Age
• Smoking
• Genetics
• Stress
• Medications
• Clenching or grinding your teeth
• Poor nutrition and obesity

Many Risk Factors Are Avoidable
Neglecting your oral health is the leading cause of gum disease. We recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. When food and bacteria remain on your teeth, they form plaque, which then hardens into tartar. Unlike sticky plaque, tartar cannot be removed from the teeth by brushing alone. This petrified substance causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming small pockets that invite infection.
Lifestyle factors can increase your risk of gum disease, as well. For example, smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or using pipes will irritate the tissues in your mouth and gums, causing them to become dried out. As a result, your gums will be more vulnerable to infections and disease. This holds true even if you quit smoking after many years.

Consultation Appointment
At Smile Esthetics Scottdale, we care about your periodontal health, and we will take the time to get to know you and discuss your condition and treatment options in detail.

To learn more and to schedule your professional consultation, contact Smile Esthetics Scottdale at  (480) 867-1727.