Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and tissues that support the teeth. In most cases, it’s the result of plaque and tartar buildup that arises when patients fail to routinely or properly brush and floss their teeth.
There are two stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease as it only affects the gums. Fortunately, it can be reversed with good oral hygiene and proper treatment.
Left untreated, gingivitis may develop into periodontitis. During periodontitis, bacteria penetrate into the deep pockets of tissue, where membranes and bone support the teeth. This stage of periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health complications.
Dr. Samadian treats patients with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a condition that can often arise as a complication of diabetes.