The word periodontal means “around the tooth”, therefore periodontal disease is the disease of the supportive structures of the tooth which are the gums and bones.
Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is the most common adult dental affliction. About 30% of the population experiences gum disease, and it's the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Many denture cases begin as a result of this condition. While not curable, it is controllable. But it requires a focused strategy, similar to managing other chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Gum disease can advance undetected with few signs or symptoms in early stages. Many patients diagnosed with this condition find themselves surprised of the silent damage progressing in their mouths. In simple terms, consider the gums and bone around your teeth as the foundation where they sit. Just like a house, the foundation must be sound regardless of the beauty of the house.When the foundation crumbles, the rest of it goes too.
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.