Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease, and is an infection of the gums that surround the teeth. Gum disease is one of the largest contributors to tooth loss in adults in America. Many patients don’t know they have gum disease until it’s too late. We are committed to treating any periodontal disease with an individualized plan that works for you.
Gum (periodontal) disease is caused by a buildup of plaque around the teeth where the bone teeth the gums. Plaque is a sticky form of bacteria that develops around the teeth. If left untreated, the plaque will continue to build up and can damage your gums. Periodontal disease forms just below the gum line and creates small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth. Periodontal disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
You may be at risk for developing periodontal disease if you:
Treatments for gum disease can vary depending on how severe each individual case may be. Typical treatments include:
It is important that you are attending regular dental checkups and periodontal exams with your dentist. Remember to brush regularly, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits to help keep your smile healthy and looking good for years to come. Contact us today to get started!