Reviewed by Dr. Kerri Font, DDS

Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is a prevalent oral health issue affecting millions of people worldwide. 

This condition occurs as a result of bacterial growth in the mouth, causing inflammation and damage to gum tissues, tooth roots, and the underlying jawbone. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to significant tooth loss and even negatively impact overall health.

In this blog, we will explore the effects of periodontal disease on the lifespan of teeth and the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene for prevention and early detection.Take our Gum Disease Quiz to find out if you have early signs of gum disease.

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What Is Periodontal Disease and How Does It Affect Oral Health?

Periodontal disease starts with the formation of plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—that accumulates on the surface of teeth.

Over time, this bacterial buildup inflames the gum tissue, leading to gingivitis—the earliest stage of gum disease.

Some common warning signs of gum disease include bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums, bad taste in the mouth, and loose teeth.

If not addressed promptly, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease characterized by the breakdown of gum and bone structures supporting the teeth.

This advanced stage of periodontal disease often results in tooth loss, as the tooth root becomes exposed, and the periodontal pockets deepen, loosening the teeth and causing them to fall out.

Key Takeaway

Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can severely affect oral health and lead to tooth loss. However, early detection, professional treatment, and maintaining good oral hygiene can help prevent this disease and preserve your smile.

The Importance of Early Detection and Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Detecting and treating periodontal disease at its earliest stage is crucial in preventing the negative consequences associated with the condition. Identifying the warning signs can help you seek professional help promptly, allowing for early intervention through professional cleaning and, if needed, periodontal treatment. 

The sooner gum disease is addressed, the better your chances of preventing tooth loss and maintaining a healthy smile.

At Highlands Ranch Periodontics and Implant Center, Dr. Mike Norouzinia and Dr. Kerri Font provide comprehensive periodontal disease treatment such as scaling and root planing, and regenerative procedures to help combat gum disease and preserve your natural teeth. We also offer periodontal maintenance programs to help you maintain good oral health after treatment.

Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene for Periodontal Disease Prevention

Good oral hygiene plays a vital role in preventing periodontal disease and minimizing its impact on oral health. Regular at-home practices like brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash can help control plaque buildup and protect gum tissues from inflammation.

In addition, routine dental check-ups and cleanings every six months are crucial for early detection of any potential issues.

Dental Implants: A Solution for Patients With Severe Periodontal Disease

For patients who have experienced significant tooth loss due to periodontal disease, dental implants may offer a more permanent solution.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from biocompatible materials, surgically placed in the jawbone to hold a prosthetic tooth, denture, or bridge. These implants provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth, allowing patients to restore their smile and regain normal function.

Highlands Ranch Periodontics and Implant Center offer an array of dental implant solutions, from single tooth replacement to full-arch restorations like All-on-4®. Consult with Dr. Norouzinia and Dr. Font to determine if dental implants are the right option for you.

Periodontist Highlands Ranch Co

While periodontal disease can significantly impact the lifespan of teeth, early detection and proper treatment can help prevent tooth loss and maintain a healthy smile. Practicing good oral hygiene and seeking professional care from skilled periodontists are crucial steps in managing gum disease.

If you have concerns about your gum health, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us at Highlands Ranch Periodontics and Implant Center for personalized care and treatment options. Keep your teeth healthy and strong by staying on top of your oral health.

Call (303) 683-1144 to book an appointment or complete the online booking form. Together, let’s combat periodontal disease and preserve your beautiful smile.

Gum Disease Quiz

Are you at risk of gum disease? Take our quick Gum Disease Quiz to find out.

  1. Do your gums bleed when brushing or flossing?
  2. Do you have persistent bad breath?
  3. Are your gums swollen, red, or tender?
  4. Have you noticed any changes in the way your teeth fit together when biting down?
  5. Do you have loose teeth?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it may be a sign of gum disease. Contact your dentist for an evaluation and proper treatment.

Remember, early detection and treatment are key in preventing the negative impact of periodontal disease on oral health. Take control of your oral health today for a happier, healthier smile tomorrow!

Categories: Periodontics