What is periodontics and why is it important?
Periodontics is a dental specialty which focuses on the gums and other supporting structures of the teeth. It also covers the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, which affects over 75% of adults at some time and on average, causes more tooth loss than cavities. Caused by plaque bacteria that attack gums, supporting tissues and even bones, periodontal disease may display warning signs such as:
- Gums that are red, swollen, tender or bleed easily
- Gums that have pulled away from teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Changes in tooth position, looseness, separation or mismatch
Factors that may contribute to gum disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, family history, especially crooked teeth, pregnancy, diabetes and certain medications. Not to worry – when detected in earlier stages, gum disease can be treated and even reversed. Let Mayfair Dentistry check your gums today and keep your teeth healthy and secure.
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