Gum disease (periodontitis) is a silent disease, just like tooth decay. Certain bacteria, mostly anaerobic (living without air), and yes, even other organisms such as amoeba, trichomonads, other protozoa and even yeast can invade around and under the gum, and in the space between the tooth and the gum.
There they produce toxic enzymes and your body creates an immune response. They also create plaque, a sticky film that helps them attach to the tooth. Left undisturbed, plaque will draw minerals from oral fluids and harden into tartar or calculus. All of this creates inflammation followed by serious erosion of the part of your jawbone that anchors your teeth. Without early detection and treatment, this disease can be even more troubling than tooth decay, as it destroys the foundation which holds your teeth in. If you lose these structures, you will lose your teeth.
This process is generally completely painless and can go unnoticed until often the first symptom may be loosening of a tooth, at which point there is often little that can be done except extraction.
Periodontal disease is a “silent killer” in that it affects 75-80% of all adults, most of whom are unaware that they have a problem! The breakdown process after teeth are lost can be even more rapid and difficult to correct. So our goal should and always will be to avoid any tooth loss, because your teeth are important parts of your body.
If you feel you may be experiencing gum disease, give us a call today. At Dental Care of Boca Raton, our goal is to prevent dental health issues, and save your tooth whenever it is possible.