Gum Disease and Women
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused when bacteria in plaque (a sticky, colorless
film that forms in the mouth) builds up between the gums and teeth. When the bacteria begin to grow,
the gums surrounding the tooth can become inflamed. Luckily, periodontal disease can be preventable.
Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather
endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist's office? You're not alone. A lot of people are
so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment.
Gum Disease Types
Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. There is usually little or no discomfort at this stage.
Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment
and good oral home care.
Common Gum Diseases
Chronic gingivitis, aggressive periodontitis and generalized aggressive periodontitis are types of gum disease
in children. Chronic gingivitis is common in children. It usually causes gum tissue to swell, turn red and bleed
easily. Gingivitis is both preventable and treatable with a regular routine of brushing, flossing and
professional dental care.
What Is A Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease,
and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation.
Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school.
Treatments for Gum Disease
There are a variety of treatments for gum disease depending on the stage of disease, how you may have
responded to earlier treatments,
and your overall health. Treatments range from nonsurgical therapies that
control bacterial growth to surgery to restore supportive tissues.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.
Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury,
or some other reason.