Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of periodontal disease. It is a disease that can be anything from gum inflammation to serious diseases like periodontitis. Though disease is often easily prevented with the proper hygiene and home care, sometimes we just don’t have time to deal with these problems properly. That’s why at Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ll help keep your teeth not only looking great, but also in great health.
Bacteria is constantly in our mouths. Over time, this bacteria forms plaque along with mucus and other particles, which sticks to your teeth. Plaque can be removed by brushing your teeth, but if left unattended, can harden and form tartar, which can only be removed with a professional cleaning.
When plaque and tartar are left on your teeth, they can start to cause damage. The bacteria located in them can cause inflammation of the gums, leading to gingivitis. When you have gingivitis, your gums will become red, swollen, and can bleed easily.
This is the disease that gingivitis advances to if left untreated. When affected by periodontitis, your gums will pull away from your teeth and form spaces that become infected. The plaque will spread below the gum line. To combat this, your body will start to break down the bone and tissue that holds your teeth in place. If left untreated for long, the bones, gum, and tissue that support your teeth will become destroyed, causing tooth loss.
Periodontal disease can be a problem for many. Thankfully, there are treatments available and, with just a little bit of work, we can help prevent such disease from ever happening. At Kaka’ako Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ll do more than just keep your teeth looking great, we’ll help keep your teeth healthy, the way it should be. Drop by our location in Honolulu if you feel that you are at risk of periodontal disease.