Periodontal Therapy Can Restore Oral Health
As plaque builds up in your mouth and on your teeth, your risk for periodontal, or gum, disease increases. If this plaque hardens, it can develop into tartar that only a professional cleaning can remove. The longer you leave these harmful buildups on your teeth, the greater the threat to your oral health. If your condition worsens to gingivitis, your gums will become red, swollen, and may bleed easily.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis, which causes your gums to pull away from your teeth to create pockets that often become infected. At this stage of gum disease, your soft-tissue and jawbone may begin to deteriorate, and complete tooth loss becomes a risk. Studies show that if you suffer from gum disease, your risk for heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, and many other conditions may increase.