Periodontal disease compromises the health of your jawbone and is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. While gum disease is preventable, millions of men and women in the United States suffer from serious gum issues. Males are particularly susceptible to gum disease, as is anyone over the age of 35. Many people ignore the symptoms, which can include bleeding gums, tenderness, persistent bad breath and taste, and plaque buildup beneath the gum line. Without treatment, symptoms become more severe and can contribute to systemic infections and loss of teeth and bone.
Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease
Certain generic factors and underlying medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, predispose you to gum disease. Other influencing factors include:
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Poor nutrition and obesity
Many Risk Factors Are Avoidable
Neglecting your oral health is the leading cause of gum disease. At the very least, you should brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily. When food and bacteria remain on your teeth, they form plaque, which then hardens into tartar. Unlike sticky plaque, tartar cannot be removed from the teeth by brushing alone. This petrified substance causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming small pockets that invite infection.
Lifestyle factors can increase your risk of gum disease, as well. For example, smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or using pipes will irritate the tissues in your mouth and gums, causing them to become dried out. As a result, your gums will be more vulnerable to infections and disease. This holds true even if you quit smoking after many years.
As board-certified periodontists we specialize in treating patients who have either gingivitis or advanced or periodontitis.We recommend schedule twice-yearly dental exams and professional cleaning, which should include a Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation (CPE). A CPE will assess your periodontal health by examining your teeth,plaque, gums, bite, bone structure as well as your risk factors. Once we have made a proper evaluation, we will provide you with the education and treatment options to best address your condition. Contact us to learn more and schedule your CPE today.
About Periodontics Associates
Periodontics Associates was established to provide specialized dental treatment for gum disease to patients. Drs. Comeaux and Pearson collectively have over 60 years experience and training focusing on both surgical and non-surgical approaches to treating periodontal disease. Emphasis on patient comfort and education drives a high-tech and high-touch approach to treatment, and you can expect that our team will take the time to get to know you and discuss your condition and treatment options in detail each time you visit.
To learn more about periodontal disease, or to schedule an appointment, contact Periodontics Associates at 337-989-0267, or toll-free 800-821-6503. With offices in Lafayette, LA and Opelousas, LA , we proudly serve patients all throughout Acadiana.