What is periodontal disease?

We’ve been told time and time again to brush and floss our teeth to avoid the development of cavities. However, is this the only reason? Taking good care of the smile can help with a lot of things, especially keeping conditions such as periodontal disease from developing. The team of Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants works with patients to assist them in keeping the smile free from disease, decay, and damage!

What is periodontal disease?

Dr. Ari Moskowitz is a board-certified periodontist who describes periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” as a condition that forms due to poor oral health and wellness. This infection starts as bacteria on the soft tissues of the mouth, specifically the gum tissue. Pockets form between the gums and teeth where bacteria can hide and develop. The infection spreads and causes permanent loss of soft tissues, bone, and natural teeth.

What makes periodontal disease so serious?

Periodontal disease is a condition that needs to be taken seriously as it can have an impact not only on the smile, but one’s overall health. The infection from the mouth can spread throughout the body through the oral systemic connection. Inflammation carries to other organs of the body and can put patients at an increased risk of developing:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Strokes
  • Kidney disease

Periodontal disease cannot be cured, and can only be monitored and controlled with the help of an experienced dental professional. This is why prevention is key for a healthy smile. Periodontal disease causes a lot of damage that will need to be repaired via restorative procedures, including the replacement of bone and teeth when needed. Our team can provide an accurate diagnosis of your condition and recommend the best possible treatment available for you!

Start taking charge of your oral health

If you are concerned about the formation of periodontal disease within your smile, you need to work with our team of professionals at Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants to get the condition diagnosed and under control. Call (410) 744-6088 to schedule a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with the team, and get started speaking with a professional about your oral health!

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