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Gum disease starts off as gingivitis and spreads to the bone and eventually affects your teeth.

A licensed periodontist is a certified specialist who has received extensive, accredited training beyond dental school.  Periodontists know what to look to for to prevent decay and help heal it once it has started.

The technical term for gum disease is “periodontal disease”.  Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss among adults.  It is frequently caused by poor dental hygiene.

Periodontal disease is a painful, chronic disease.  Your gums become inflamed and can bleed easily.  The bone and surrounding gum tissues that support your teeth could deteriorate, causing more pain and loss of teeth.   If only the gums are affected and the infection is superficial, it is called gingivitis.  When your connecting tissues and bone starts getting destroyed, then it is called periodontitis.

Control Plaque To Control Gum Disease

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that clings to the surface of teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing every day may not completely remove all the plaque, especially around the gum line. The bacteria in the plaque produce toxins that may injure the gums and supporting tissues.

Plaque that is not completely removed within 48 hours hardens into a rough deposit called tartar or calculus. Once tartar develops, the only way to remove it is by having the teeth professionally cleaned. Tartar below the gum line causes inflammation and infection. Because this process is often painless, a person may be unaware a problem exists.

  • We offer treatment for gum disease, which is also known as Gingivitis (in it’s early stages) or Periodontal Disease.
  • Our Dental Hygienist can give you tips on how to prevent gum disease and proper methods of preventive care.

VIDEO: Control Plaque with Brushing

VIDEO: Periodontal Treatment