What is periodontal disease and gum disease?
Periodontal disease is just another name for gum disease. Many adults in the U.S. have some form of this dental disease. From a mild gum inflammation to bleeding gums, periodontal disease can get even more serious. At it progresses, gum disease can result in damage to the supporting soft tissue and bone of your teeth. At its worst, gum disease can lead to missing teeth.
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria found in our mouths which turn into plaque on your teeth. If you don't visit a dentist at least twice a year, this plaque can harden and become tartar that brushing doesn't clean. At that point you would have to visit a dental professional like Frisco dentist Dr. Osborne to have a professional cleaning done.
What creates plaque in our mouths? How can periodontal exams help?
There are a few risk factors surrounding periodontal disease. Smoking is one of them. Not only is it associated with gum disease but smoking can lower your chances of a successful dental treatment. Hormonal fluctuations, diabetes, genetics and medications can make a person more vulnerable to gum disease.
At Legacy Ranch Dental, we offer our patients periodontal exams so dentist Dr. Osborne can evaluate the health of your gums. These periodontal exams help diagnose gingivitis and peridontitis. If you live in the Frisco, Texas area, you can visit Dr. Osborne's dental practice for a periodontal exam. Here's what we check for:
- Any lumps or abnormal areas in the mouth
- Loose of missing teeth
- How much plaque is on your teeth
- The color and texture, size and shape of your gums
- Look for fillings, crowns, bridges and implants
- The depth of the space between tooth and gum
What's the link between periodontal disease and diabetes, cancer and heart disease?
There has been a number of studies throughout the latest years showing a connection between gum disease and numerous health complications along with life-threatening diseases. From osteoporosis and an increased risk in stroke to diabetes, cancer and heart disease, they have all been linked to dental health. Also, those who suffer from some of those conditions can also get into more complications with their dental health due to periodontal disease. That's why it's important you visit your dentist every 6 months and keep a watchful eye on your dental health.
If you live or work next to Frisco, visit us at Legacy Ranch dental for periodontal exams and a full dental check up.