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By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
August 05, 2020
Category: Oral Health
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As time progresses, our teeth may become more and more susceptible to damage when we have poor lifestyle choices. Dr. Ernest Fontaine educates and treats people with an array of dental issues at his Harrisburg, PA, office.

What kind of dental problems do people suffer from?

About 50% of adults aged 30 and older suffer from periodontal disease and the likelihood of getting periodontal disease increases as a person gets older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is the infection and inflammation of gums and bone that support teeth. The first stage is called gingivitis, gums can become swollen and red, and may bleed. The other more advanced stage is called periodontitis, the gums pull away from the tooth.

To prevent advanced stages, you need to visit your dentist on a regular basis for dental examinations and deep cleanings that remove plaque build-up.

What is the problem with periodontal disease?

People lose bone and can lose teeth. Periodontal disease is one of the main threats to dental health and is associated with several other diseases, like diabetes and heart disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, because of inflammation.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

You need to speak with your Harrisburg dentist if you find these symptoms:

  • Bad breath
  • A bad taste that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose and sensitive teeth
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together while you're biting down on them

What are the preventative measures?

Maintaining a healthy oral regimen, like daily brushing and flossing, is the best preventative care. Make sure you also avoid unhealthy habits -- like smoking, drinking alcohol and eating sugary foods -- and drink plenty of water.

Do you need to visit your dentist?

If you have more questions about periodontal disease, you should contact your dentist, Dr. Ernest Fontaine, at (717) 564-1310 today.