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  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease

  • The term “periodontal” means “around the tooth.”   Periodontal disease is a common inflammatory condition that affects the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth that is caused by bacteria in plaque, and in its most advanced stages can affect the jawbone itself.  If not consistently removed, this bacteria builds up, infecting your teeth, gums and eventually the bone that supports your teeth – and if left untreated, it can cause shifting teeth, loose teeth and eventually tooth loss.  This disease has three stages of progression: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis; the longer the disease is allowed to advance, the more damage it causes. 

    Because periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults, it should always be promptly treated.  Additionally, recent studies suggest possible relationships between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes, cancer and increased incidence of pre-term, low-birth weight babies.

    Some of the visible signs of Gum Disease

    • Red, tender and swollen gums that bleed during brushing and/or flossing
    • Re-occurring bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
    • Gum line receding or gums pulling away from the teeth and forming pockets
    • Changes in your bite or teeth alignment, loose teeth

    If you believe you have any of the obvious symptoms of gum disease, do not wait, give us a call and let us address your issue before it becomes a bigger problem.