What is Periodontal Disease? | West Pueblo Dentist

From mild gum inflammation to severe periodontitis, periodontal disease poses significant risks to oral health, including soft tissue and bone damage. It’s a leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Poor oral hygiene habits are a primary cause of gum disease. Daily brushing, flossing, and regular professional exams are essential for optimal oral health. When these practices are neglected, plaque can accumulate on teeth and along the gumline. If left untreated, plaque hardens into tartar, which only a dental professional can remove.

Without timely treatment, tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums prone to bleeding. Symptoms may include chronic bad breath, tooth sensitivity, and difficulty chewing. Professional periodontal treatment is necessary at this stage to prevent gingivitis from progressing to periodontitis.

Untreated gingivitis may advance to periodontitis, where gums recede, forming pockets along the gumline. These pockets are challenging to clean and can rapidly worsen oral health. Without prompt treatment, periodontitis can destroy bone, gums, and soft tissues.

Risk Factors and Health Implications

Several factors contribute to periodontal disease, including poor oral hygiene, diabetes, smoking, and hormonal changes. Certain medications and AIDS treatment can also increase the risk. Untreated periodontal disease may negatively impact overall health, especially for patients with cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Pregnant individuals with periodontal disease face increased risks of complications such as low birth weight or premature birth.

Expert Periodontal Care at West Mountain Dental

At West Mountain Dental, our West Pueblo Dentist has the training and experience to diagnose and treat every stage of periodontal disease. If you’re experiencing symptoms, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We’re committed to preserving your oral health and overall well-being.

West Mountain Dental
Phone: (719) 547-8338
141 S Purcell Blvd., Suite 120
Pueblo West, CO 81007