Periodontal simply means “the tissue around the teeth”. Periodontists specialize in the treatment and surgery of this area, which is often subject to gum disease. Plaque is the most common element causing gum disease.
Unfortunately, periodontal-related problems are often discovered after they have persisted for an extended period of time. Proper oral hygiene, daily dental care and regular dental checkups will minimize the risk of gum disease. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to moderate and severe (periodontitis). Treatments are available for every case of gum disease.
The health of your mouth, teeth and gums has a direct impact on your overall health. Research has recently found that the same bacteria that cause gums to become inflamed can travel throughout the body, including the coronary arteries. Recent reports have linked gum disease to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pregnancy problems and increased risk of pancreatic cancer.