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Periodontal diseases are conditions that affect the gums. Because the gums are a vital part of great oral health, periodontal diseases can deteriorate the overall condition of the mouth. At Village Dental we prevent gum diseases by thorough cleaning at checkups. We also advise our patients on flossing and brushing techniques that can reduce the chances of periodontal disease. If a patient does develop a gum condition, we treat the condition and attempt to stop its spread.
Gingivitis and periodontitis are the main periodontal diseases. Gingivitis is milder and can usually be reversed with regular brushing and flossing or changes in diet. Periodontitis, however, is a serious infection that destroys the soft tissues and bones that support the teeth. In advanced stages of periodontitis, the connections between the teeth and the gums are completely destroyed and the teeth fall out. In addition, research has shown a strong link between periodontitis and heart disease. Preventing periodontal disease is an important part of any preventive dentistry regimen.