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Jeffrey Evan Felzer, DMD | Periodontal (gum) disease in Wilmington

 

Jeffrey E. Felzer  DMD PC

Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology          

(302) 995-6979

Periodontal (gum) disease
 

Periodontal (gum) disease is insidious. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don't know why.

Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease.  Recent research has discovered linkage between periodontal disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for preterm birth.

 
 
 
Wilmington Dentist | Periodontal (gum) disease. Jeffrey Felzer is a Wilmington Dentist.