Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Brushing and flossing your teeth are essential habits for maintaining the health of your mouth. So, too, are regular dental visits for cleanings and exams. Without proper oral hygiene practices, your mouth is at risk for developing periodontal (gum) disease, which is a serious oral health complication. Ignoring periodontal disease, or simply increasing your brushing and flossing, will not help to solve the issue, and it will only continue to get worse over time. At Cameo Dental Specialists, we can help to treat gum disease, restoring the health of your mouth, and help you to take steps to prevent it from reoccurring in the future.
What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?Periodontal (gum) disease is the result of a buildup of plaque (a sticky substance that collects on the surfaces of your teeth) and oral bacteria in your mouth. They both irritate your gum tissue, which causes inflammation. As your gums swell, the tissue pulls away from your teeth, creating pockets, and bacteria fall inside. From these pockets, bacteria continue to attack your gums, and they also start attacking your periodontal ligaments (the structures that hold your teeth stable), and your jawbone. Eventually, this can lead to loose and missing teeth, as well as bacteria in the bloodstream (which can lead to health complications such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes).
Causes of Periodontal DiseaseThere are several causes of gum disease:
Symptoms of Periodontal DiseaseThere are various symptoms of periodontal disease, including:
Treatments for Periodontal DiseaseThe treatment you receive for periodontal disease will vary based on how advanced your condition is. Treatments for periodontal disease include:
If you have periodontal disease or suspect you do, seeking treatment as soon as possible is imperative for stopping it in its tracks, and preventing it from growing worse. For more information, or to schedule your consultation, call Cameo Dental Specialists today at (708) 456-7787.
The Cameo doctors who lead our experienced and highly trained staff provide exceptional care in a friendly and comfortable environment.
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7603 West North Avenue
River Forest, Illinois 60305
3116 Oak Park Avenue
Berwyn, Illinois 60402
475 West 55th Street, Suite 208
La Grange, IL 60525
910 W. Van Buren Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60607