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Gum disease is the primary cause of oral health decline. Although it starts off tiny, periodontal disease can develop into a major issue if it’s not treated speedily. Since we are concerned about your oral health and wellbeing, we’ve assembled this post about periodontal disease and what you need to know about it.

Side effects of periodontal disease can vary. Because blood appears in infected gums, you will likely spit out a few bits of blood when brushing your chompers if you have periodontal disease. (Though bloody gums can mean different things and aren’t always a signal of gum disease.) Another side effect of gum disease is bad breath, also referred to as halitosis. Hurt felt when brushing the gums is also a side effect of periodontal disease.

So when did we begin attributing these effects to gum disease? Although the disorder has been around for a very long time, scientists didn’t start recognizing periodontal disease the way we do now until the late 1700s. Later, in 1875, dentist John T. Riggs wrote that periodontal disease is a “suppurative inflammation of the gums and alveolar process,” giving a definition to what we now know as gum disease. Lots of discoveries about periodontal disease, its prevention and its treatment have been made since then, and we’re continuing to learn more about it.

Have you been into our office in a while? For the best oral health, you should checkup the dentist at least twice a year. Please give Dr. Iqbal Sayed and the Patchogue, New York, Patchogue Dental Service PC office a call at 631-758-6689 now to schedule your next appointment.