Drs. Wm. Chris Roper, Henry H. Wood and Associates

14800 Webb Chapel Rd. | Dallas, Texas 75234 | 972.620.8280

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Periodontics is the special field of dentistry that focuses on the study, preventative treatment, and surgery on the structures in the oral cavity that support the teeth. These structures, the gums, are a very vital part of the oral cavity and must be cared for according. There are a variety of periodontal dental services which help a variety of issues that can happen to the gums. The word actually means the study of that which is around the tooth.


Periodontal diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are harmful infections that, if left untreated, can lead to rotting of teeth or the loss of the teeth. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Gum disease can affect one individual tooth, or all of the teeth in the mouth. It begins when the bacteria in plaque causes the gums to become inflamed and infected and can cause significant soreness and pain.



Patients may notice they suffer from gingivitis, the mildest form of periodontal disease, if they are experiencing soreness of the gums, or excessive bleeding during the brushing of teeth. This beginning stage of gingivitis is usually only marked by subtle or dull pain. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. Gingivitis can be treated by better at home health care or by seeking the help of a dentist.



Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. Over time, the plaque present in gingivitis can spread below the gum lines. It is these bacteria that hurts the lungs and irritates them further. The toxins in the gums have a very inflammatory response to the toxins and the actual cells in the bones and gums begin to break down and die. The gums then begin to separate from the teeth, forming pockets that become sick and infected from the toxins. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. Teeth can eventually become so infected that they need to be removed from the mouth.


It has been found that individuals who have gum diseases are more likely to suffer from heart disease and even heart attacks. Therefore it is important for individuals to take good care of their oral cavities so that they can prevent these kinds of adverse health effects. Regular visits to your dentist can help you determine if your gums are in good health.



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