Periodontal disease occurs when plaque builds up and irritates the gum and bone, leading to inflammation and infection. The earliest stage of the disease is called gingivitis, where the gums become red, swollen, and may bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing, flossing and regular professional dental cleanings. If left untreated, the condition can progress to periodontitis, a more destructive form of the disease.
Three out of every four adults have some form of periodontal disease which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Signs of the disease may include: sore and/or bleeding gums, tooth movement, changes in your bite, bad breath or persistent bad taste, gums that have pulled away from your teeth. This may cause your teeth to become loose, fall out, or have to be removed.
Early detection and treatment are extremely important in the fight against periodontal disease. In addition to your daily routine of brushing and flossing daily, we recommend at least two visits to our office annually. We’d like to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime!