Periodontal disease is commonly referred to as “gum disease,” which is a chronic infection that affects the tissues and the bones around teeth. Early detection and diagnosis is critical in preventing more serious problems. Gum disease often has no symptoms until it is moderate to severe. In our office, you are assessed every time you are in for a cleaning.
There are several warning signs to look for:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Recession of your gums
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
Do you have any of these risk factors?
- Genetics play a role: If your parents have gum disease and a family history of tooth loss
- Hormone levels: Teens, pregnant women, and those taking birth control pills
- Medications: Steroids, some anti-seizure drugs, cancer therapy drugs and blood pressure medications
- Diseases that affect the whole body: Diabetes, blood cell disorders, HIV and other disease that lower resistance to infection.
We offer non-surgical treatments based on your current dental health and your risk for gum disease.