Periodontal disease (gum disease) is inflammation and infection of the gum tissue. Periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults in the US. The potential for periodontal disease can be reduced by brushing twice daily and flossing each day to avoid plaque and tartar build-up. Twice yearly professional cleaning is also important as that results in a thorough cleaning not available at home.
Gingivitis is the initial form of periodontal disease and is evidenced by red, swollen gums, sensitive teeth, bleeding gums, chronic bad breath (halitosis) and difficulty or pain when chewing. Our hygienist can perform effective removal of tartar, calculus and infected tissue.
In the advanced form of periodontal disease, the gums begin to pull away from the teeth resulting in pockets along the gum line. Periodontal disease can cause tooth loss, bone loss and damage to soft tissue, including gums, if left untreated. Dr. Beth C. Dunsmoor can diagnose the stages of periodontal disease during your routine dental exam and recommend the necessary treatment to restore your gums to optimal health. Dr. Beth C. Dunmoor may refer you to a periodontist for specialized care if you have advanced periodontal disease.
If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, immediately contact our office for an exam and treatment to avoid further damage.