Facts About Periodontitis Worth Knowing

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Some people are not too familiar with periodontitis, a serious infection of the gums that occurs when the earliest stage of gum disease (gingivitis) is left untreated. Aside from affecting the gums, it may even cause the teeth to loosen or even fall out over time. Despite being a serious condition, periodontitis can easily be prevented through the practice of proper daily oral care habits and routine dental appointments.

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For our patients to familiarize more about periodontitis, we at Southern Dental have prepared some little-known facts about the disease. Continue reading below!

Periodontitis starts as gingivitis

As mentioned above, periodontitis is the result of leaving gingivitis untreated. Gingivitis is the most common type of gum disease that starts with swollen red gums, which may show little to no symptoms. Fortunately, gingivitis can be easily treated and is even easier to prevent if a patient observes proper overall oral care.

Silent disease

The problem with periodontitis is, signs and symptoms of the condition during its early stage may not show. When they do, it is often during the advanced stage already—and this is one of the reasons why people are encouraged to schedule routine appointments. The earlier this condition is caught, the easier the treatment will be, unlike when it has already progressed into the later stages.

It is contagious

Believe it or not, periodontitis can actually spread from one person to another. Although this possibility is rare, the chances of passing the disease are high if the receiving person is susceptible. For example, if a person practices poor oral care or that their immune system has been compromised; however, the condition can only be passed by sharing utensils such as a toothbrush or by kissing.

Healthy diet = healthy mouth

Although most people already know that a healthy diet can lead to a healthy body, they may not know that eating healthy is the key to achieving excellent dental health. For instance, studies are showing that eating dairy products can help strengthen teeth, preventing periodontitis.

A common cause of bad breath

Contrary to what most people think, bad breath is not always caused by not brushing the teeth or after eating a pungent meal. While these are some of the most causes, one of the leading factors of bad breath is actually periodontitis. If an individual happens to have bad breath without eating anything pungent or even after brushing their teeth, it is best to schedule a dental appointment. If our dentist at Southern Dental detects that periodontitis is present, treatment offers, including scaling and root planing, and others, will be performed.


If you experience the early signs of periodontal disease, like the sudden bleeding of gums, bad breath, or loose teeth, take immediate action! Contact us at Southern Dental and take advantage of our for
Gum Disease Treatment in Katy, TX.