Although the high percent may seem shocking, 80% of all American adults have experienced some form of periodontal disease in their lifetime. Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, ranges from the inflammation of the gums to more serious conditions that may lead to major dental health problems. If left untreated, gum disease can damage the bone and soft tissue that supports the teeth, leading to the eventual loss of the teeth.
The human mouth is full of bacteria and mucus that form plaque on the teeth over time. This plaque can develop into even larger problems if left to build-up on the teeth. If plaque is not removed by brushing, flossing, or mouth washes, it hardens and forms tartar. Once tartar has formed on or around the teeth, brushing can not help to remove it. A visit to a professional dentist will be the only way to rid your mouth of tartar.
If tartar is not fully and correctly removed from the teeth, gingivitis may develop, leaving gums swollen and red as the bacteria forms in the mouth. Gingivitis can be painful and often leads to more dental health problem if left untreated, such as periodontitis. Periodontitis causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and become infected over time. As the infection spreads, the bone and other tissues that hold teeth in place are slowly damaged. If periodontitis is not treated, teeth may become so loose that they will need to be removed.
Your dentist has the responsibility to properly examine and clean your mouth during a regular office visit. If your dentist has failed to diagnose your periodontal disease and your dental health has been harmed as a result, contact an attorney immediately. The Green Bay dental malpractice lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® have extensive experience fighting for the right of those harmed by dental malpractice. Call 800-242-2874 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about your legal rights.