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Torrington Periodontics

Periodontal care is vitally important. Preventing gum disease is an important part of the comprehensive, thorough treatment we provide.

Neglecting to take care of your gums could lead to the development of periodontal disease — sometimes called “gum disease.” Symptoms include bleeding gums, sore gums, sensitive teeth, and chronic halitosis (bad breath). Untreated symptoms generally worsen over time and can result in the recession of the gum line and even bone and tooth loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Research shows a link between gum disease and an increased risk of heart disease in patients. It’s believed that untreated gum disease causes the level of inflammation in the body to increase. High levels of inflammation can lead to the development of inflammatory conditions like heart disease.

Current research shows that gum disease and diabetes might be closely linked. Good dental health care and periodontal health may have a positive effect on blood sugar levels, which can help manage diabetic symptoms. Research also shows that people who develop diabetes have a higher risk of developing gum disease.

Plaque and tartar are biological substances that can form on the enamel of your teeth. They are both linked to tooth decay and gum disease.

Plaque is a biofilm that sticks to the surface of your teeth. It can host bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum infections. Plaque can be removed by regular brushing and flossing.

Tartar is a hard substance that forms on your teeth along the gumline. Tartar is very hard and can only be removed by a trained hygienist using special tools. If the tartar isn’t removed, it can irritate your gums and make them vulnerable to infection.

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