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Royal Family Dentistry | Periodontal (gum) disease in Muncie

 

Jeanine Green Fillmann, DDS

Craig Lods, DDS

3610 N Briarwood Lane
Muncie, IN 47304
(765) 289-1578
smile@royalfamilydentist.com

Periodontal (gum) disease

 

Periodontal (gum) disease is insidious. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don't know why.

Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.

Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a mouth wash such as Listerin, Crest Pro Health, or Colgate can help. Nothing replaces professional cleaning in the dentists' office at least twice a year.  Some people need cleaning three and even four times a year.


In the past, fear of painful dental surgery has kept people with gum disease from seeking the care they needed. Well, those days are gone forever.  There are many techniques available to minimize discomfort during treatment.

 
 
 
Muncie Dentist | Periodontal (gum) disease. Jeanine Green is a Muncie Dentist.