What is gum disease?

Gum disease, formally called periodontal disease, is a condition caused by bacteria in plaque and tartar. When plaque builds up on the teeth, the bacteria can cause the gum tissues to become inflamed and infected. When allowed to progress untreated, periodontal disease can lead to receding gums, bone loss, and tooth loss.

What is gum treatment?

If your smile is affected by periodontal disease, our knowledgeable dentist may recommend periodontal therapy. Your specific type of gum treatment in [city], [state] will depend on the severity of the condition; when caught early, gum disease can often be successfully treated and even reversed. To restore your oral health, Dr. [doctor_name] may recommend additional cleanings, improved at-home dental hygiene, antibiotic treatment, or deep cleanings called scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing focus on removing bacteria, plaque, and tartar from above and below the gum line to encourage the growth of healthy gum tissue and restore the health of your smile. For more serious cases, we may recommend gum surgery.

Do I need gum treatment?

If your gums are swollen, red, tender, or bleed easily, you may suffer from periodontal disease. We encourage you to contact us today at [practice_name] for more information on periodontal therapy and how we can improve the health of your smile.