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What is Periodontal Disease?

The word “periodontal” literally means around the tooth. Periodontal diseases also known as gum disease are chronic bacterial infections that can damage the gums and bones supporting the teeth. Left untreated it can lead to tooth loss.

The main cause of periodontal disease is bacteria and toxins in dental plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on the teeth. Plaque buildup can lead to the earliest and mildest form of the disease gingivitis. During this stage, gum tissue can swell, turn red and bleed easily, causing little or no discomfort. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good at home oral hygiene. Without this care you put yourself at risk for more severe forms of periodontal disease.

Although plaque is the primary cause of periodontal disease, other factors can affect the health of your gums and the bone supporting the teeth. Smoking and tobacco use, stress, medications, diabetes and other general health concerns, poor nutrition, clenching or grinding your teeth and hormonal fluctuations can increase your chances of getting certain kinds of periodontal disease, speed up the progression of the disease and /or decrease treatment effectiveness. Additionally you may be genetically prone to periodontal disease. That is why it is important for you to get involved in your dental care. Inform your dentist or Periodontist of any factors that put you at risk, so that subtle changes in your health are identified and treated appropriately. If you do not know the condition of your periodontal health ask about it.

Women, Menopause and Periodontal Disease

If you are menopausal or post-menopausal, you may have noticed a change in the way your mouth looks and feels. These symptoms may be related to changes occurring in your body, but a clear understanding of why this is happening is not yet established.

You may experience discomfort in the mouth including pain and burning sensations in the gum tissue and altered taste, especially salty, peppery or sour. Most women find that estrogen supplements help to relieve these symptoms. Additionally saliva substitutes are available to lessen the effects of “dry” mouth.

On rare occasions a woman may experience menopausal gingivastomatitis. Gums that may look dry or shiny, bleed easily and range from abnormally pale to deep red mark this condition.

During this period of a women’s life, professional cleanings and diligent at-home oral hygiene are essential. If you experience any symptoms associated with menopause or post-menopause it is important to notify your dentist or Periodontist. They will tailor a treatment plan to help manage your condition.


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