Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that surround your teeth. It is caused by plaque—the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth.
In its early stages, this condition is referred to as gingivitis. In its more advanced stages, it is known as periodontitis. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist twice a year for dental exams and cleanings.
Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults and is linked to health problems like cardiovascular disease and premature labor. That’s why the treatment and prevention of this condition is so important. At Warson Woods Family Dentistry, we specialize in preventive treatment. We also treat minor to moderate cases with Scaling and Root Planing (a type of deep cleaning) as well as ARESTIN® antibiotic therapy and laser treatment to help reverse disease symptoms and keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime. If your problem is more severe, we can refer you to a periodontist.
Pregnancy, smoking, diabetes and certain medications may increase your risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis. Here are some key warning signs to look out for:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Longer-looking teeth
- Loose or separating teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Bite pattern changes