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The dangers of periodontal disease

Man with gum inflammation closeupDrs. Nancy Gill, Dallas Kenson, and Evelyn Qi of Golden Dental Solutions in Golden, CO educate patients on how to keep their smiles healthy. This includes brushing, flossing, and visiting regularly for cleanings and evaluations to catch problems in their earliest stages. This also includes the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, sometimes referred to as gum disease. Periodontal disease is a serious infection that has many consequences.

What are the dangers of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that can damage the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. This infection is most often caused by the development of plaque, which is a sticky bacterial film that forms on your teeth. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and turn into tartar. Tartar promotes the growth of bacteria and makes it difficult to remove plaque. If plaque and tartar are not removed, they can eventually destroy the gums and bone around your teeth, leading to tooth loss.

What can happen with untreated gum disease?

Periodontal disease is a serious infection that can have a negative impact on your overall health. It has been regularly linked with serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory disease. With this in mind, it is vital that you get an early and proper diagnosis of your condition to seek effective treatment as soon as possible.

What can be done about periodontal disease?

If you have periodontal disease, there are a number of things that can be done to improve your condition. First, it is important to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. This can be done through regular brushing and flossing, as well as professional cleanings. Once the plaque and tartar have been removed, your dentist may recommend a deeper cleaning called scaling and root planing. This procedure removes tartar and plaque from below the gumline. In severe cases of periodontal disease, surgery may be necessary to restore the health of your gums.

Contact us today to make an appointment

If you think you may have periodontal disease, please call Golden Dental Solutions today at 303-277-9600 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers. We can evaluative your smile and help you get a definitive diagnosis and discuss appropriate treatment for your unique needs.

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