Periodontitis is one of the most serious gum diseases that can have a significant impact on one’s oral health and aesthetics. Thousands of Americans get diagnosed with some sort of gum diseases every year. Surprisingly, more than three-quarters of them get diagnosed with it at least once in their lifetime, and sadly, only 3% of them get treated for it at the right time.
How is periodontitis caused?
Periodontitis is most often caused due to the accumulated plaque and tartar on the surface of the teeth. The microbes in the deposits release harmful acids that can infect the gums and lead to their decay. Other causes include external trauma to the gums that goes untreated, poor oral health, root canal infection, etc.
What are its symptoms?
- Bleeding of gum tissues
- Release of pus
- Receding of gums
- Pain and swelling in the gums
- Loosening of teeth from their sockets
- Bone deterioration
- If left untreated for a long time, the microbes in the infected gums can get circulated through the blood vessels and even lead to heart problems.