What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a condition in which the gums begin to deteriorate due to infection. This is usually caused by a buildup of plaque around and under the gum line.
Is gum disease serious?
Yes. Gum disease can cause a range of symptoms, from soreness, bleeding, and bad breath, to tooth loss and other serious dental problems. Gum disease has been link to diabetes, respiratory disease, prostate cancer, heart disease, and low birth weights.
What are the symptoms?
Early symptoms of gum disease include soreness and bleeding of the gums, a receding gum line, and teeth that feel loose or wobbly.
What treatments are available?
We offer gum treatments for every stage of gum disease. For early periodontal problems, a thorough cleaning can often halt and even reverse the effects of gum disease. For more advanced gum problems, gum treatment might include a procedure called a root scale and planing, or surgical treatment.
How can I best prevent gum disease?
The best way to prevent gum disease is to carefully maintain good oral hygiene habits, and to keep up with your dental appointments. Not only can your dentist detect and treat gum disease in its earliest stages, but regular tooth cleanings can prevent gum disease from occurring in the first place.