Preventing Tooth Loss
Periodontitis (or Periodontal Disease) is an inflammatory process of the bone and all associated structures around the tooth as a result of localized bacterial invasion and chronic inflammation. It is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world today, and fortunately, one of the most preventable.
As Periodontitis is generally painless it may be difficult to identify on your own in the early stages. It is only when significant bone loss has occurred (which is an irreversible process) that teeth become loose and eventually fall out.
Those at higher risk for Periodontitis include:
- People with poor hygiene &/or poor nutrition
- Those who are genetically predisposed (hereditary traits)
- People who have diabetes
- Certain medications affect the development of Periodontitis (check with your doctor/dentist)
- Those who clench and grind their teeth
- Individuals with a poor bite (malocclusion)
- Those who breathe through their mouth or have continual dry mouth
At District Dental it is our goal to inform patients about their overall oral health, and raise awareness about current/possible concerns and treatments. We take Periodontal disease very seriously and perform screenings on all of our patients to identify if you are at risk, or already have Periodontitis.