Our skilled dentists offer periodontal treatments to help you manage gum disease and improve your oral health. Periodontics is the field of dental specialty which focuses on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions which affect the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth.
Periodontal (gum) disease is a degenerative condition which is caused by the bacteria trapped in plaque. When this plaque builds up on the teeth it causes irritation and inflammation in the gums, eventually developing into gum disease. In the early stages it is known as gingivitis, and can be easy treated and brought under control. The more severe form of the disease, periodontitis, is more difficult to manage and can eventually lead to gum recession, bone loss and tooth loss if untreated.
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Easy bleeding of the gums
- Swollen or tender gums
- Gums which are unusually red
- Loose or separating teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in your bite or in the fit of your dentures
- Gum recession
- Pus between the gums and teeth
Our dentists will check your mouth for any signs of gum disease each time your visit our office for a dental exam. This will allow us to monitor your oral health and quickly diagnose and treat gum disease should it develop. We also recommend that you maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home in order to minimize your risk of gum disease developing.
Research has linked periodontal disease to a number of systemic medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, respiratory disease and pregnancy complications. We strongly encourage you to seek treatment for gum disease in order to avoid exacerbating or contributing to the development of any of these conditions.