If you have been
diagnosed with periodontal disease, you are not alone.
Many others have the same problem. Finding the
disease is the first step in preventing tooth loss.
disease is an infection that affects the tissues and
bone that support teeth.
Health gum tissue fits like
a cuff around each tooth. When someone has
periodontal disease, the gum tissue pulls away from the
tooth. As the disease worsens, the tissue and bone
that support the tooth are destroyed. Over time,
teeth may fall out or need to be removed. Treating
periodontal disease in the early stages can help prevent
Periodontal disease and whole-body health
Tooth loss is not the only
possible problem posed by periodontal diseases.
There may be a link between periodontal disease and
cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke).
High stress may also be linked to periodontal disease.
Researchers are still studying these links.