Unmasking the Silent Enemy: Understanding Periodontal Disease

Jun 15, 2023 | Blog

In the world of oral health, there’s a silent enemy that often goes unnoticed but can cause serious damage: periodontal disease. While it may not be as well-known as cavities or tooth decay, this chronic inflammatory condition affects countless individuals. It’s important to understand what causes periodontal disease, its symptoms, and the potential consequences it can bring. By exploring this overlooked oral health threat, we can arm ourselves with the knowledge to detect, prevent, and manage it effectively. Join us on this journey as we unravel the mysteries of periodontal disease and discover how to maintain a healthy and radiant smile.

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a serious, yet very common gum infection that damages the soft tissue in the mouth. Without effective treatment, periodontitis can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. 80% of the North American population suffers from periodontal disease. If left untreated, it could lead to serious health problems. Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss. Although this disease is common, it’s largely preventable. It’s usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Maintaining a consistent oral health care routine such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily can greatly improve your chances of either preventing periodontitis or reversing the effects of the disease.

What are the symptoms of Periodontitis?

The most common symptoms of periodontitis are:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Easily bleeding gums 
  • Painful chewing 
  • Gums that recede from your teeth
  • Loose or shifting teeth 
  • Bad breath 
  • Gum inflammation

What is the Periodontal Diagnostic Test?

The Periodontal Diagnostic Test is a simple yet very powerful tool in the battle against periodontal disease and bad breath. This test allows us to sample the bacteria in your mouth, and then discover which bacteria may be the cause of your problem. The test evaluates 11 different bacterial species that are commonly linked with periodontal disease. Using your results, dental offices can then customize your periodontal therapy to target the specific pathogens that are causing the disease. This can only improve your oral health but your overall general health.

Next Steps

If you’ve been struggling with chronic bad breath, have pain while chewing or are concerned about your overall gum health, seek out a dentist such as Dr. Salyani at Collingwood Dentistry to see if they offer periodontal testing. Collingwood Dentistry was actually the first dental office in Ontario to offer such testing! In the meantime, keep up a consistent oral healthcare routine and remember to floss.