Periodontal disease – Centerville, Ohio
Dr. Daniel Cobb of Alex Bell Dental in Centerville, Ohio has been in practice for numerous years, ensuring that his patients enjoy happy, healthy smiles! One of the most important aspects of Dr. Cobb’s profession is that he gets to help his patients avoid dental problems such as periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is an infection that can first destroy the soft tissues of the gums, and then attack the sockets where the teeth are planted in the gums. It is also referred to as gum disease. The result is pain and the possible loss of teeth as gums recede and the jaw bone deteriorates. The loss of natural teeth from periodontal disease is irreversible.
Periodontal disease can be caused by several different kinds of bacteria. Dr. Cobb can perform tests to determine what kind of bacteria is causing your disease and help you decide the best method of treatment. Medications, hormonal changes, illness, and diabetes can also contribute to periodontal disease. It is essential that you talk with Dr. Cobb about your overall health so he can determine your risk factors for developing periodontal disease.
Signs of periodontal disease are quite easy to spot. Typically, gums will be tender or painful to the touch. They may swell and bleed during brushing or flossing, or at nighttime. Gums may have sores, and can also take on a red or reddish-purple appearance as well. Other signs of gum disease include the tooth looking longer and the tooth becoming mobile. Dr. Cobb can recognize areas of plaque and tartar which may be adding to the problem.
Taking care of your teeth is important because the mouth can be a portal for infection to enter the body. Periodontal disease has connections to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, lung infections, and other inflammatory diseases. Even if it has been a while, call Dr. Daniel Cobb today to schedule a check-up.
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