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What is Periodontal Disease?

Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. It affects only the gum tissue and if properly treated, it can be reversed. This bacterial infection is most often caused by plaque and tartar building up where the toothbrush and floss did not reach. Other factors that contribute to this disease includes; consuming too many sugary foods and drinks, or medical issues such as diabetes.

If left untreated, gingivitis may turn into periodontis. This is a very destructive disease stage and research shows that many Americans over age 40 have some type of gum disease. This is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. The bacteria develops in the deep pockets of the tissue, where membrane and bone support your teeth. The symptoms are often painless so the best advice is to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for routine check-ups.

If you experience any of the warning signs or symptoms, you may need to schedule a consultation with your dentist. The team at Briglia Dental Group is experienced and can provide you with the best treatment option for your personal situation. Give us a call at (610) 692-4440 or fill out our online form to take the first step toward correcting gum disease today.

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How Can You Tell if You Have Gum Disease?

The following symptoms are often a good indicator that you have may have, or are developing, gum disease:

  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Bite changes
  • Partial dentures or bridges not fitting correctly
  • Defective fillings • Bad breath (persistent)
  • Metal taste in your mouth
  • Pus between gums/teeth
  • A sore that does not improve after 2 weeks
  • Tender or swelling gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums that recede or pull away from your teeth

Who is at Risk for Gum Disease?

You may be at risk for gum disease if you:

  • Don’t practice good oral hygiene
  • Smoke or chew tobacco
  • Have heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis
  • Have a family member diagnosed with periodontal disease
  • Are pregnant

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Briglia Dental Group
600 East Marshall Street
Suite 201
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: (610) 692-4440
Fax: (610) 692-9277
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Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
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Saturday: 8:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: Closed

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