The word periodontal literally means "around the tooth." Periodontal diseases, more commonly known as gum disease, are a family of serious bacterial infections that destroy the attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. Left untreated, these diseases can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal Disease is characterized by many unpleasant side effects: gums that are swollen, red, and frequently bleed during tooth-brushing, bad breath, gum recession, and tooth sensitivity. In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis. During these early stages, gum disease is more easily treatable than when it has gone unattended for a period of time. It’s easy to do a “Self Evaluation” to find out if you have any of the Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease. To make an appointment with us for periodontal disease evaluation in the Philadelphia/Camden, NJ area, please call (215) 735-3660.
Good oral care not only helps prevent gum disease, it may also help prevent serious medical diseases as well. Studies have shown that gum infections increase the risk of heart disease by up to 170%, fatal coronary disease by 50%, strokes by 300%, and pre-term births by 700%. They also increase the risk of diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. A healthy mouth, free of periodontal disease is an investment in your overall health as well. Find out more about the Periodontal Disease General Health Connection.