Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is caused by plaque that constantly form on teeth. With periodontal disease, there may be deep pockets between your teeth and gums where plaque bacteria collect. It is difficult to keep those pockets clean. If not treated, gum disease may lead to tooth loss.
If you experience any of the following warning signs, call us today for an examination:
- gums that bleed easily
- red, swollen, tender gums
- gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- persistent bad breath or bad taste
- permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- any change in the way that your teeth fit together when you bite
- any change in the fit of partial dentures
To treat gum disease, the dentist uses special instruments to conduct a deep cleaning which removes the plaque and tartar that has built up beneath the gumline. The dentist then treats the root surfaces of the tooth to help the gum tissue heal and discourage the accumulation of plaque along the root surfaces. This treatment is repeated regularly until the gum tissue is healthy again.
Gum disease is usually painless, and you may not know that you have it. Therefore, it is important to have regular dental checkups and periodontal exams with your dentist every 6 months to monitor the health of your gums and your teeth. Early detection and treatment of gum disease can preserve your natural teeth for longer. Call us today to schedule your regular dental checkup!