A beautiful smile is important to your appearance and your health. Gum disease or periodontitis can jeopardize your teeth and even put you at risk for other health issues such as stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular problems. At Meridian Campus Family Dental, we take gum disease seriously and can offer periodontal therapy as part of our general dentistry services that can treat, even reverse the effects of periodontitis, helping you retain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Periodontal disease begins slowly with bacteria collecting in the crevices around the teeth. These bacteria create plaque and tartar that can cause gum inflammation and pockets between the gums and teeth. As these pockets become larger they can become further infected, leading your body’s immune system to respond to fight the infection. This can cause bone and tissue loss surrounding the teeth, undermining the structure holding teeth in place. Left unchecked, this can lead to tooth loss and bacteria entering the bloodstream, putting you at higher risk for other health issues.