Did you know that the leading cause of tooth loss after the age of 30 is not decay but periodontal disease? What's worse is that up to 80% of the population is believed to suffer from it in some form. That's why the field of periodontics is so important.
So what is it exactly?
Also known as periodontology, periodontics deals with the health of the area around the teeth. This mainly covers the gums but also includes related bone and connecting tissue.
The fact is that real oral health concerns more than just the teeth. The surrounding tissues, especially the gums, play a key role in keeping the teeth healthy and strong.
The major diseases are gingivitis and periodontitis meaning inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissues respectively. Both can have severe consequences but the good news is that both are preventable.
One insidious feature of periodontal disease is that it builds up gradually so many sufferers don't know they have it until it's too late. Tell-tale signs include bleeding around the gum line, bad breath, abscesses and root canal infections. In an advanced state, the teeth can loosen and fall out.
Periodontics is a priority here at our London Ontario dental clinic both in terms of treatment as well as methods to maintain gum health such as scaling and polishing.
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Dr Vo Family Dentistry
246 Oxford St W, London, ON N6H 1S8
Tel: (519) 679-8783