Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. This type of oral infection is the most common reason for tooth loss in patients after the age of 25.
Although relatively painless in the beginning, by the time the first acute abscess occurs, some teeth may already be beyond saving. The first sign of periodontal disease is bleeding gums that are also usually red and swollen. As the disease progresses, the gums will recede causing the affected teeth to appear longer than normal. Finally, in the latter stages, the teeth will loosen to the point of being painful and useless, and will either fall out on their own or will have to be extracted.
Poor oral hygiene is what causes gum disease. Thoroughly brushing and cleaning between the teeth at least twice per day will help prevent the onset of gum disease.
Although easily preventable, periodontal disease is often difficult to maintain once the deterioration process begins. Therefore, prevention is key!
Our doctors and hygienists are dedicated to preventing and, when needed, treating periodontal disease. We treat gum disease with a multi-faceted, non-surgical approach that includes, antibiotics, deep scaling, and mouth rinses.
Maintaining beautiful, healthy smiles is the mainstay of our professional mission.
Contact our office for more information about Periodontal Care.