Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar),and it can lead to serious periodontal problems.When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Gum disease is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. Unfortunately, even after following a good oral health care routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets.
Treating periodontal disease in the early stages can often halt its progression and prevent significant damage to your health.The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
Being a progressive disease, periodontitis slowly destroys the jawbone and connective tissues, causing teeth to shift, become loose, and eventually fall out. If you suspect the onset of periodontal disease, it is imperative that you seek treatment immediately, as the condition will only progress if left untreated.
At Bakery Hill Dental we recommend that you schedule a teeth cleaning twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for patients who suffer from gum disease.