Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissues that surround and support your teeth. The sticky film of bacteria called plaque that regularly forms on your teeth creates toxins and causes the gum tissues to become inflamed. This inflammation, over time, causes the tissues and bone that support the teeth to break down forming spaces between the teeth and gums called “pockets”.
Even in the more advanced stages, symptoms may be mild and therefore ignored. Left untreated, more advanced cases may lead to heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and premature births in pregnant women.
You can prevent periodontal disease by brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily, eating a balanced diet, and having regular dental visits. The professionals at Axiom Dentistry evaluate your dental health at each visit and can determine if you have periodontal disease as well as develop a custom treatment plan to help restore your overall dental health.