PERIODONTAL Therapy in Pittsburgh
One of the top dental health issues we fight against at our office is periodontal disease. Periodontitis and gingivitis are infections of the gums, which can gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 35, ranking above even cavities as the main reason people lose teeth.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions, but once gum disease has taken hold, it can never be completely eradicated. Visiting our downtown Pittsburgh dental office for regular cleanings can help halt the progression of the disease, however.
Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. Any of the following can increase your risks of gum disease and indicate the need for a more rigorous dental health care treatment plan:
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor nutrition
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums which can lead to bone decay, tooth decay, and tooth loss. If your gums show signs of periodontal disease, call our office and request an appointment with Dr. Pounds.Request an Appointment
Signs of Periodontal Disease
Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which can cause them to turn red, swell, and bleed easily. If the irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form.
As periodontal disease progresses, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place begins to deteriorate. If left untreated, this eventually leads to tooth loss.
If your gums show signs of periodontal disease, call our office and request an appointment with Pittsburgh dentist Dr. Pounds. We can help structure a treatment plan to prevent your condition from worsening.