Gum Disease 2Thursday, November 29, 2012
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. They can be prevented with good oral hygiene. Dr. Edward Hill concludes a two-part look at gum disease in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth. It may become more severe over time.
Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone and may occur in some areas of the mouth, or in the entire mouth.
It is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important.
Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring.
Remember, you dont have to lose teeth to gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat a balanced diet and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.