Periodontal Disease Treatment


What is periodontal (gum) disease?

  • Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place.

  • Typically, periodontal disease occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth and hardens, often due to poor brushing habits.

    • The gums can become swollen and red in the early stage of the disease, called gingivitis.

  • As the disease advances, periodontal disease can lead to sore and bleeding gums, pain while chewing, as well as tooth loss.


What are the signs of periodontal disease?

  • The following are signs of periodontal (gum) disease, and you should contact your dentist if you experience any of these:

    • Gums that bleed while brushing

    • Red, swollen or tender gums

    • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth

    • Bad breath that doesn't go away

    • Pus between your teeth and gums

    • Loose teeth

    • Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

    • Change in the fit of partial dentures


How can I prevent periodontal disease?

  • Periodontal disease can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene.

    • This includes brushing, flossing, and visiting you dentist regularly.

    • Also make sure to eat a healthy diet to get the required vitamins and minerals necessary for your teeth.