Periodontal disease comes in four stages. We’ve previously mentioned how gingivitis develops and told you how this condition can be prevented, but now it’s time to talk about periodontitis. If gingivitis is left untreated, it will advance to this second stage of periodontal disease. Periodontitis is not only an inflammation of the gums; it causes destruction to the support structures of the teeth. Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS of Bayberry Dental Care hopes the status of your oral health never reaches this point, but she’s here to treat it if it does.
In all cases, periodontitis is caused by plaque. When the teeth are not properly cleaned by thorough brushing and flossing, a hard deposit called tartar will form on the tooth. As these bacteria progress deeper into the gums, pockets will form and cause the bacteria to multiply. This can eventually lead to tooth loss if not treated right away. There are a number of factors that increase your risk of periodontitis, such as smoking, stress, and other oral –systemic diseases such as diabetes. If you notice any signs or symptoms of periodontal disease, please contact us immediately to correct the problem.
If you have questions or concerns about periodontal disease, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.bayberrydentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Falsey, DDS in our Tinley Park, IL office, call Bayberry Dental Care at 708-802-8300.