Causes of Periodontitis

Periodontitis is generally caused by bacterial plaque forming on the teeth that feeds and grows off of the natural biofilm that is present. 

Generally teeth brushing will get rid of the plaque, however the plaque can build up over time. 

If plaque is not removed within two to three days of taking residence on the tooth surface, it will turn in to a hard element called tartar. 

Tartar is more difficult to remove with basic brushing techniques and often require more elite dental hygiene methods offered by or Salem, Oregon dental office. 

If left untreated, tart will damage teeth and gum tissue leading to gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease. Deep pockets can develop between the teeth and the gum and offer more areas for bacteria to grow and develop. 

As the bacteria begins to take over and the bodies immune system is challenged, bone and connective tissues can be damaged to a point where teeth are loosened and eventually fall out. 

The Signs and Symptoms of periodontitis: 

The Signs and symptoms of  periodontitis are a combination of what Dr. Ramillos will use to diagnose your periodontal health. 

Symptoms will be discussed between you and Dr. Ramillosa while our Salem, Oregon dental staff evaluate your mouth for signs of the disease. 

Sign and Symptoms that our office will look for are: 

  • Gums that are persistently swollen
  • Bright or purple gum tissue
  • Painful response to touch in the gums
  • Receding gums
  • Excessive space between teeth
  • Pus or other obvious signs of infection between the teeth and the gums
  • Blood when brushing
  • Iron or metallic taste in the mouth
  • Bad Breath
  • Loosened teeth
  • Teeth “feel different” to the patient. 

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