Arkansas Periodontal Disease Treatment - Hot Springs, AR Gum Disease Treatment
The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Dr. Atkinson is a one of the top Arkansas Periodontal Specialists to treat conditions concerning the gums and other oral tissues. Periodontal disease can be caused by a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva called plaque. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is often times characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. However, many patients with periodontal disease have no symptoms that are apparent to them!
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.
Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease: