Ronald C. Kobernick, DDS, MScD, PA
10601 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL & 111 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal diseases are infections of the periodontium (gums) that gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins that irritate the tissues, and the soft gum tissues (gingiva) may become red, swollen, and bleed easily. Often times, even though the gum tissues may look normal, the gums separate from the teeth causing pockets (deep spaces below the tissues) as the disease progresses. Plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (tartar), which acts as a further irritant. As periodontal disease progresses, the supporting gum tissues and the bone that secures the teeth deteriorates. If left untreated, this may lead to tooth loss. Remember, that redness, swelling, and bleeding of the soft gum tissues is not always present in periodontal disease. This disease damages the gum and supporting bone in more that 80% of Americans by the age of 55.

10601 Seminole Blvd., Largo, FL 33778 P: 727-397-8503 F: 727-398-2679

390 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 P: 727-397-8503