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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Periodontal Disease

Most people who develop gum disease (also called periodontal disease) would never have guessed it would happen to them. But gum disease is actually a very common condition that affects millions of Americans each year.

Gum disease is not just a condition that happens to those who never brush or visit the dentist. Gum disease can happen to anyone, even the best brushers. The fact is that gum disease can result from a variety of factors, including genetics, hygiene, diet and lifestyle.

The effects of gum disease can be hard to swallow. On the minor end, it can start with gum inflammation and swelling. In the later stages, it can cause tissue damage. Gum disease left untreated can weaken your natural teeth, cause tooth loss, and eventually affect the areas below the surface, like tooth roots and jaw bone.

Because gum disease can threaten your dental health, it is important to never let your home cleaning routine slide. And the best defense against the severe effects of periodontal disease is a visit to your general dentist. If caught at an early stage, there are very effective gum treatments that can help.

To learn more about the effects of periodontal disease, please contact the office of the Colonial Dental Group today to schedule an appointment.

posted by Patti at 7:40 AM


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