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Periodontal Disease is characterized by the inflammation or swelling of the gums, primarily caused by bacterial infections within the gum line, tissues and bone structure of the teeth. It is synonymous to gum disease, periodontal infection, gingivitis and periodontitis, with periodontitis being the advanced stage of gingivitis. If left untreated, advanced periodontal disease can lead to deterioration of the gums, tissues and bones that support the teeth. It can reduce the stability of the teeth, causing it to loosen and eventually be removed. Around 75% of adults have their teeth extracted because of periodontal disease.
Repercussions of Periodontal Disease to the Rest of the Body
Researchers have studied the physical effect of periodontal infection and they discovered that it can also be a contributing factor to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Though they are still in the process of finding out the extent of the effect of periodontal disease, maintaining good oral health is crucial. Sustaining gum health equates to having excellent physical health.
Symptoms of Periodontal Infection
Periodontal infections usually go unnoticed until it reaches an advanced stage because discomfort or pain is not present. However, there are some manifestations of periodontal infection that can be observed so that treatment can be done during the early stage.
These may include:
1. Red or swollen gums
2. Bleeding during and after blushing
3. Sore or tender gums
4. Receding gums
5. Pus between teeth and gums
6. Bad breath
7. Changes in teeth alignment when biting
8. Changes in the fit of partial dentures
9. Loose or separating teeth
Gums may appear normal, even though the bacteria that cause periodontal disease exist.
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