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Periodontal disease Ottawa

Early signs of swollen and bleeding gums indicate the presence of a bacterial infection. Left untreated, this infection can progressively spread and lead to the destruction of the supportive structures that anchor your teeth in your jawbone. Over time, your teeth may become so loose that they require extraction.

The term "periodontal" is derived from "peri," meaning around, and "odontal," relating to teeth. Periodontal diseases encompass infections of the structures surrounding your teeth, including your gums, the cementum that covers the tooth root, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone. In the initial stage, known as gingivitis, the infection primarily affects the gums. However, in more severe forms of the disease, all the supporting tissues become involved.

For many years, scientists have been dedicated to understanding the root causes of periodontal disease. It is now widely accepted that bacteria within dental plaque are the primary culprits. Furthermore, researchers have been investigating the ways in which a gum infection can impact your overall health.

Recent studies have unveiled connections between gum disease and various other health problems, marking an exciting area of research. While many questions still remain, research has provided valuable insights into the extent of the relationship between gum disease and other medical conditions.

If you are seeking treatment for periodontal disease in Ottawa, please contact Bank Street Dentistry at 613-241-1010 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nasrin Saba. Our practice is conveniently located at 1189 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON, and we are committed to helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

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