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18 Jan 2017

Peridontal Disease

The Dangers of Periodontal Disease
Taking care of your teeth is something you are taught at a very young age. Being taught to brush your teeth twice a day, to floss and to visit the dentist are all part of proper dental care. However as you age you may fall back on the proper dental care you require and this can lead to periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease starts with poor oral health. When you allow plaque to build up on your teeth if left unchecked it becomes tartar (aka calculus). Tartar can cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. If you leave bleeding, inflamed gums to worsen this will lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can lead to more serious dental problems including:
  • Receding gums
  • Gum pockets
  • Bone deterioration
  • Tooth loss
The most serious stage of periodontal disease, periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. 
Women are more susceptible to periodontal disease during key points in their lives including:
  • Adolescence
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
Keeping close tabs on your dental health is advisable during these times.
Diabetes and cancer are known to heighten the risk for periodontal disease as is smoking. Periodontal disease can cause complications for those with diabetes and heart disease. Some ties have also been made to low birth rate babies.
Your best defence against periodontal disease is the same regime your parents taught you growing up:
  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss regularly
  • Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups
Periodontal disease can lead to costly treatments such as deep scaling, root planing and the need for medication to fight infection. At Bayley Dental in Waterloo, Dr. Doug Bayley and his team of professionals can provide you with the care you need for excellent dental health and to avoid complications such as periodontal disease. Call 519.884.8594 for an appointment.

Bayley Dental, Auburn Centre, 570 University Avenue, East, Waterloo ON, N2K 4P2     office: 519 884 8594   •   fax: 519 884 8720   •   email: