Gum disease (periodontal disease), is an infection of the gum tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss. Since it is usually painless, patients often do not realize they have it. Signs of gum disease include: red gums that bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums have pulled away from teeth, teeth that are loose or changing position. Since gum disease is often not noticed by a patient, we place great importance on regular dental checkups and periodontal (gum) examinations. Often small changes in home care can make a great difference in gum health.
Gum disease treatment varies based on the severity of the problem. Treatment options in our office may include any of the following: more frequent cleanings, deeper cleanings (root planing), antimicrobial therapy, and in severe cases, we may advise involving a specialist (periodontist). Once the treatment has been performed, we help you maintain healthy gums. With proper treatment it is often possible to return your gum tissue to a healthy state and prevent tooth loss.
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