Periodontal disease is a progressive infection that begins deep within the recesses of the gums. In the beginning one may not exhibit symptoms at all. As the illness progresses, the gums become red. They bleed and start to recede. One may also think their teeth are becoming longer. That’s an illusion caused by the gums pulling towards the jawbone.
Those are the symptoms you may see. What you may not see is the continued build-up of an infected mass that degenerates the jawbone and destroys the ligaments holding the teeth in position. This causes the spread of Spirochetes bacterium to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. The bacterium in the bloodstream becomes a causal factor in a number of other severe conditions.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a type of arthritis that attacks the bones of the body, reducing bone mass and deteriorating bone tissue. The disease is painful. It also exposes the person to increased risk of bone fracture due to fragility.
Causal Factor in Osteoporosis
The causal factors for Osteoporosis are not well understood. It is believed that other diseases do increase the likelihood of Osteoporosis. In this case, the Osteoporosis is called secondary osteoporosis.
It can be exacerbated by low mineral bone density. Periodontal disease and the resulting Spirochetes bacterium that finds its way through the bloodstream to other parts of the body can cause chronic swelling in bone joints. Infection can attack the surrounding bone tissue. If the bone tissue is weakened due to osteoporosis, the periodontal disease can speed up the degenerative process.
What happens in the jawbone with periodontal disease is a good example. There the periodontal disease directly attacks the jawbone causing it to degenerate to the point that it can lose its structural capability.
What is a Person to Do?
Periodontal disease is a direct factor in the degeneration of the jawbone and loss of teeth. In the United States alone more than 50% of the population is affected by periodontal disease in one form or another. At the earliest stages, a person may not know they have the disease. Their best defense is “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Even if you don’t think you have periodontal disease, your body, your mouth, and your smile deserve an ounce of prevention. Don’t delay. Visit the distinguished periodontal dentist in Wichita Falls, Texas, Dr. William S. Neale. Dr. Neale has had his active dental practice in Wichita Falls for a number of years following an illustrious career serving the armed forces. Call him today for an appointment at (940) 322-0758 or go to the contact form. But, don’t wait. Do it today. If you wish to see how happy others are with Dr. Neale’s service, Click Here.
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