Periodontal (Gum) Care
Gum disease encompasses two disease processes: Periodontitis and Gingivitis.
Periodontal disease occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. The most common cause of gingivitis and periodontitis is plaque. Plaque is bacteria that has remained around the gums for a length of time. Brushing and flossing breaks up plaque and prevents the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. If the bacteria or plaque is left untreated, the gums will become irritated and inflamed.
Symptoms of Gingivitis
Signs of inflammation in gums include:
- Bleeding While Brushing
- Swollen Gums
- Reddened Gums
These symptoms represent gingivitis. Fortunately, if caught soon enough, gingivitis can be resolved. If not treated, the infection can spread to the surrounding bone that supports the teeth and cause Periodontitis.
What Is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is an infection in the gums and bone that support the teeth. If this condition is left untreated, bone loss will continue and can eventually result in the loss of teeth.
Signs of periodontitis include:
- Bleeding Gums After Brushing or Flossing
- Receding Gums
- Loose Teeth
If you have any of these symptoms, give us a call today! We have strategic treatment plans individually tailored to our patients to fight periodontal disease!