Steven I. Present, D.M.D., F.C.P.P. Fellow, International Team for Implantology
AO Certificate in Implant Dentistry · Fellow of College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Ronald L. Klein, D.M.D., F.A.G.D.
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions.
Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.
Periodontal disease and decay are both caused by bacterial plaque. Plaque is a colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque constantly forms on your teeth. By thorough daily brushing and flossing you can remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease.
Periodontal diseases can be accelerated by a number of different factors. However, it is mainly caused by the bacteria found in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not carefully removed by daily brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (or tartar).
Bacteria found in plaque produces toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily. If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress.
Dr. Steven I. Present, D.M.D., F.C.P.P. | Dr. Ronald L. Klein, D.M.D., F.A.C.D. | North Wales, PA General Cosmetic Dentistry and oral surgery. Present & Klein, D.M.D., P.C. provide dental procedures that include: fillings, orthodontics, invisalign, tooth whitening, crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers, bonding, endodontics root canals, oral surgery, sealants, dentures, nitrous oxide, temporomandibular tmj disorders, facial cosmetic services, bite stabilization, child dentistry, diagnodent, microscopic dentistry, air abrasion, intraoral camera, digital x-rays, laser dentistry, and dental implants in North Wales, PA. Visit our office location at: 311 Sumneytown Pike, Suite 2C, North Wales, PA 19454 or call our office at: (215) 699-4478.