Gum Disease & Periodontal Care
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support your teeth. Untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Part of a typical oral exam includes checking the gums for early signs of gum disease, and providing patients tips on gum cleaning and care.
Some people are more prone to periodontics, or gum disease, a condition that can be hereditary. Those who smoke, take certain medications (such as anti-convulsants), those with weakened immune systems due to cancer, HIV or other conditions, and those with diabetes are also more susceptible to gum disease.
It’s important to be aware of the signs of gum disease, since most cases of it can be successfully treated. If you notice that your gums are red, swollen, receding or if you have loose teeth, please call our office for an appointment. Gum disease can be easily detected and treated during biannual dental cleanings.