Periodontal Disease is a general tem used to describe diseases that affect the gums and supporting bone and tissue. Periodontal diseases are among the most common chronic disorders that have plagued humans for centuries. Ancient Egyptian and Chinese artifacts describe the disease and its affects and treatment. In the 19th century the disease became known as Pyorrhea, a term that denotes pus, pockets, loss of bone, and loss of teeth. It was thought to be inevitable and part of the aging process.
More recently, periodontal disease has assumed an even greater importance because of its association with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and preterm, low birth weight babies. Diabetes can be complicated by periodontal disease.
The good news is: periodontal disease is now treatable and preventable. Because of his total care philosophy, Dr. Simpson and his staff of Dental Hygienists are experts at assessing and treating early and moderate disease. Through our prescribed treatment and professional cleaning, many patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, now enjoy strong, healthy teeth and gums.
Many children and adults alike have learned to prevent periodontal disease and can expect excellent dental health throughout their lives.
How would I know if I had periodontal disease?
It is possible to have periodontal disease without apparent symptoms. That’s why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important.