By Susan Braden
Periodontal disease is the cause of approximately 80% of all tooth extractions performed on adults over the age of 30. It is often unnoticeable until extensive, irreversible damage has already occurred deep in the jawbone. Unlike some other oral health problems, however, you can take cheap dental steps to prevent and treat gum disease before serious procedures become necessary.
Gingivitis, the early stages of periodontal disease, occurs in 98% of the population and often goes unnoticed. Once plaque has formed, it takes approximately 24 hours for bacteria to set in. Therefore, you should develop healthy oral hygiene habits to prevent the accumulation of plaque. But how can you tell if gingivitis has set in? Several signs of the advancing disease include:
Treatment for periodontitis may require scaling or root planing, which involves removing plaque and tartar, often beneath the gums, and smoothing the root. More advanced cases might require surgery to remove masses of crusty tartar and reposition the supporting tissue. If it has begun to break down the jaw bone, a full mouth reconstruction might be necessary, and that is neither cheap nor comfortable.
Periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease, is the infection of the gums which, in its advanced stages, can destroy the entire bone structure of the mouth.
This inflammation of the gums is caused by plaque gathering around the teeth, allowing bacteria to grow. The inflammation releases toxins that decay the teeth and irritate the gum tissue.
Eventually, tartar is formed from calcium deposits, which attracts even more plaque. The connector between the tooth and the bone will slowly be destroyed if tartar keeps accumulating under the gum tissue. As tartar advances, it will eat your bone's structure until teeth are destroyed and the jaw bone is too weak to support them.
Clearly, the cheapest way to protect yourself from this condition is to maintain consistent oral hygiene.
There is no absolute cure for this condition. It can be treated, but that is primarily up to you as a patient and the extent of your commitment to proper oral hygiene. If you want to ensure cheap dental bills without the surprise of extensive surgical procedures, start taking care of your teeth now before it’s too late.