What is Periodontal disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious bacterial infection in your mouth that destroys the gums and supporting bone around the teeth. The CDC estimates that half of all adults 30 years or older have some form of periodontal disease. That equates to 64.7 million people in the United States.
Periodontitis is a silent destroyer because pain is typically absent. Most causes of periodontitis are detected at routine exams with your general dentist, who will refer you to a periodontist like Dr. Goggin to further evaluate your condition.
Periodontal diseases including Gingivitis and Periodontitis, left untreated can cause tooth loss, and affect your ability to eat, speak, and smile. The bacterial infection present will stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body in essence turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support the teeth are broken down and destroyed by the inflammation. Gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that become infected. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed.