5 Facts About Periodontal Disease


Periodontal disease affects millions of Americans each year. In its initial form, it is known as gingivitis, but if the problem is not quickly controlled it will become periodontitis, which occurs when the gums begin to pull away from the teeth. At this point, the bone is in danger of deterioration. When this descent occurs, there is a real risk of tooth loss as well. For this reason, periodontal disease is often considered an emergency dental condition in San Antonio. While you may be aware of the dangers and symptoms of the condition, there are a few things that you may not know. Consider these less common facts

Pucker Up? Many people are under a false impression that periodontal disease can be passed like a cold or strep throat would be. The truth is that the condition is not contagious, but the bacteria that reside in the mouth of a person with the infection can be passed via saliva. One should be aware of this when kissing or sharing beverages with a periodontitis patient.

No Ice, Please For those suffering with periodontal disease, there is a strong likelihood that tooth sensitivity will occur. As the gums pull away from the teeth or recede, the roots can be exposed, which means that an increases intolerance to hot and cold foods could definitely occur.

Bum a Stick? While some might bum cigarettes in the parking lot outside the office, you would be much better off asking for a stick of gum. There are, obviously, many reasons for this, but when it comes to periodontal disease, cigarettes are definitely not a friend. They can drastically slow the healing process, even once treatment beings. Furthermore, sugar free chewing gum has been found to be very helpful in preventing tooth decay and gum disease because it removes the food particles from the mouth that bacteria would otherwise feed on.

Skip the Rinse It has actually been found that mouthwash can disguise the early stages of gingivitis, which means the necessary treatment is put off. Mouthwash is often used as a method of getting rid of bad breath or a foul taste in the mouth. Unfortunately, these are two of the most common symptoms of gingivitis. So, if you notice that you are suddenly dealing with a foul stench beyond your smile, then it might be a good idea to skip the rinse and head for a dentist in San Antonio, Texas.

Don’t Let it Break Your Heart While it can be discouraging to receive the diagnosis, you definitely don’t want to take periodontal disease to heart (in any sense of the words). It has been discovered that the bacteria that causes this oral complication is the same that causes heart disease, which means that if it gains access to your blood stream, you could be facing a much more serious problem. Be sure to have the condition treated as soon as possible and alert your primary care doctor to the fact that you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease as well.

Daniela Dental
6415 Babcock Rd. #105
San Antonio, Texas 78249
(210) 696-8050

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