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Periodontal disease is often the result of an inadequate or inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine. This allows food particles and plaque to harden into calculus. Other factors, such as tobacco use and alcohol consumption or a condition like dry mouth, can escalate the problem.

Periodontal disease typically starts out as gingivitis with red or inflamed gums that tend to bleed easily when brushing and flossing. This could also cause bad breath problems.

If gingivitis isn’t treated by visiting Transcend Dental and making improvements in your oral hygiene routine, the infection in your gum tissues will continue to advance. Eventually it will develop into the most dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Periodontitis causes your gums to pull back from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection deep down at the root. In time, this can even lead to a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth.

Ongoing research has also found a relationship between periodontitis and medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease. While it can’t cause these conditions, gum disease can exacerbate symptoms and limit treatment options.

If you live in the Royersford, Pennsylvania, area and you suspect you have periodontal disease, you should call 484.369.8625 to seek treatment from Dr. Jared Ayes.