Periodontics 101

A Healthy Smile Means a Healthier Life

The word periodontal literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease is a serious infection that affects the tissue surrounding the teeth. These tissues include both the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Periodontal disease is known as the “Silent Disease.” It is typically a painless, progressive disease. Most adults with periodontal disease are unaware they have it until it is in an advanced stage.

A periodontist is a dental specialist who treats periodontal disease. They are experts in the supporting structures of the teeth.  A periodontist places emphasis on prevention. It is the periodontist’s responsibility to recognize disease, determine if it is advancing, and then stop its progression so you don’t lose your teeth.

In recent years, substantial medical research has begun to show that people who have gum infection are at significant risk for other systemic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory disease.

A healthy mouth means being able to eat the fresh healthy foods that you want and being able to chew food comfortably. It means being free of infection as well as having fresh breath and a more attractive smile.

The benefits of good periodontal health are far-reaching!