The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth.
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.
Not only is gum disease the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy.
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease. There are several reasons why periodontal treatment may be necessary, but the most important reason is: If you want to keep your teeth, then you do not want to let gum disease go untreated.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease: