Let’s talk about Periodontitis!
The gingiva (gum tissue) and the bone surrounding the teeth are called the periodontal tissue, and they’re very important in ensuring proper support for our teeth.
Periodontitis (per-e-o-don-TIE-tis), also called gum disease, is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and causes excessive spaces (aka pockets). Without treatment, this infection can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen or even lead to tooth loss in severe cases.
The good news is that Periodontitis largely preventable. Because it is usually the result of poor oral hygiene, brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups can greatly improve your chances of successful treatment for periodontitis and can also reduce your chance of developing it!
So how do we know if you have periodontitis? At your routine dental check-up, we take time to evaluate your gum tissue and measure the spaces (pockets) to make sure there’s no underlying bone loss or gum disease. That is why routine dental check-ups are so important in maintaining your oral health! Make sure you bring up gum health at your next dental visit!