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Alan Paul Friz, DDS | Periodontal (gum) disease in Huntingburg

Family and Implant Dentistry of Huntingburg, LLC


1411 N Chestnut Street                                                         
Huntingburg, IN 47542                                                         


Periodontal (gum) disease




Periodontal (gum) disease is a condition that develops so gradually that it can be very progressed before becoming apparent. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don't know why.

Tooth loss is the most obvious danger of gum disease. However, scientific research has discovered a link between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.

Periodontitis can be present even when you are not having any pain or loose teeth.

Periodontitis, like many other conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, may be present for a long time without your knowledge until diagnosed by a dental professional.

Periodontitis is an affliction of the tissues ("gums" and bone) that support the teeth.  This is caused by infection from the presence of microscopic organisms in my mouth, malocclusion, heredity, eating habits, nutrition as well as other factors.

Periodontitis is a disease that you have to battle the rest of your life.

Periodontitis, if left untreated, will cause damage to the bone surrounding your teeth and will eventually result in the  loss of teeth.

The treatment is designed to be specific for your condition and may be influenced by your personal oral hygiene at home or by how your condition responds to treatment.

Treatment, as in many other conditions, may not rid you of periodontitis and may just slow the progress of the disease.

Periodontitis not only affects the teeth and gums, but will also affect your overall health.  The video below gives a good explaination of these findings:



Huntingburg Dentist | Periodontal (gum) disease. Alan Friz is a Huntingburg Dentist.