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Periodontal Therapy – Arestin
Periodontal disease (gum tissue disease) is a chronic disease of the mouth in which your gums become infected causing the bone that supports your teeth to be destroyed. It is a slowly progressing chronic disease (like diabetes). If left untreated, periodontal disease eventually causes so much loss of bone that your teeth become very loose and they fall out.
3 OUT OF 4 ADULTS AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFE ARE AFFECTED BY GUM DISEASE.
The primary cause of gum disease is plaque – a layer of bacteria that sticks to your teeth. If you do not brush the plaque away, it will calcify and become a hard substance known as tarter or calculus. You can brush away plaque but it is not possible to remove tarter with a toothbrush. Most people don’t manage to keep their teeth completely plaque free which is why we recommend professional teeth cleanings at least twice a year to remove any calculus.
THE BACTERIA IN PLAQUE CAUSE YOUR GUMS TO BECOME IRRITATED.
In the presence of plaque, your gums become red and swollen, and bleed when you brush or floss. This prolonged irritation of your gums creates a pocket/cave around your tooth, which slowly progresses down your root. Untreated, this pocket grows and slowly removes the jawbone from around your tooth. Eventually, the tooth will fall out from the lack of support.