Among the causes for periodontal (gum) disease are genetic susceptibility, smoking, and other illnesses like diabetes. Periodontal maintenance involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Most gum diseases are preventable with proper oral hygiene. However, what can start out as gingivitis (inflamed or bleeding gums) can quickly turn into periodontitis. In such cases, gums pull away from the tooth to create “pockets,” thereby exposing a dental root to infection. It can also lead to prolonged bad breath, loose teeth, painful chewing and other complications.
Diagnosing Gum Disease
Our team will compare what they see through X-rays and Clinical findings to determine if you have gum disease. Bone loss, tooth mobility, and excessive plaque and tarter are some of the signs we look for.
Your dentist will help guide you through the treatment of choice once it has been established if periodontal therapy is right for you!