Healthy-SmileWhat is periodontal disease (gum disease)?

Periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease, is a degenerative oral condition caused by bacteria in plaque. As plaque, bacteria, and tartar fill the spaces between the teeth and gum tissue, the gums may become infected and diseased. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss, bone loss, and receding gums.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Swelling in the gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, tender gums
  • Receding gums or teeth that appear longer than usual
  • Loose teeth
  • Difficult or painful chewing
  • Persistent bad breath

What is periodontal care?

Periodontal care is dental treatment designed to treat periodontal disease. If the condition is caught in the early stages, called gingivitis, periodontal care can treat and even reverse the effects of gum disease. If the disease has progressed into farther advanced stages, it may be possible only to maintain your oral health. Periodontal treatment may include deep cleanings, such as scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing can help to improve your oral health through removing bacteria and infected tissue, encouraging the growth of healthy gum tissue. If you suffer from the symptoms of periodontal disease, we encourage you to contact us today to learn more about periodontal care in Duluth, Georgia. Our friendly dentist and dental team look forward to caring for you!